Dutch news in brief, 19 January 2005

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A10 closed again after collision

A10 closed again after collision

Police sealed off lanes on the the Amsterdam A10 ring road for the second time this week after a car crash on Wednesday. The accident occurred on the north ring road shortly after 11am and involved three cars. Two people were treated in hospital for minor neck and back injuries. One of the cars is believed to have skidded during a hail storm and two other cars collided soon after. The road was opened again at about 12.30pm. An accident involving 10 cars on the south ring road on Tuesday also led police to seal off the motorway to traffic.

Dutch to send 750 troops to Afghanistan

The Netherlands is considering sending about 750 marines to Afghanistan to help secure parliamentary elections planned for April. Defence Minister Henk Kamp said on Tuesday that a mission for three months is "certainly conceivable." But one of the conditions is that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Nato request the assistance, he said.

Amsterdam tourist numbers decline again

The number of tourists and business people who visited the Netherlands for several days declined again last year. The hotel industry, Amsterdam tourism bureau ATCB and the City Council had predicted a better year than 2003, when the number of visitors fell below 4 million. But provisional figures from advice bureau Horwath indicate that just 3.5 million visitors stayed overnight in Amsterdam last year. That accounted for 5 million overnight stays because some visitors stayed several nights. Horwath said the final tally of visitors will not equal those recorded in 2003, newspaper Het Parool reported.

A380 to arrive in Amsterdam in 2007

The new Airbus A380 is not expected to make a commercial flight to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam until the first quarter of 2007. The first airline to use the world's largest airplane at Schiphol is expected to be Malaysian Airlines. The Super Jumbo A380 was unveiled before 8,000 guests in Toulouse on Tuesday. It can carry between 555 to 900 passengers and costs EUR 280 million. The first plane is expected to be delivered to Singapore Airlines in 2006. KLM is not interested in purchasing the A380, but Schiphol said it is prepared for the plane's arrival, and has taken its size into account in the construction of its fifth runway, Polderbaan. The new runway was opened in 2003.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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