Public transport in the Netherlands is being paralysed by a 24-hour strike, causing major problems for Schiphol and KLM.
Transport workers in the public sector in the Netherlands have announced a 24-hour strike for May 28, with the aftereffects likely to continue into May 29.
The strike will stop trains, buses, metro and trams and will likely pose major problems for Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s largest hubs, and for the Dutch airline KLM.
It is the countywide transport union FNV that has announced the action, taking effect from midnight onwards.
Buses will not run to and from Schiphol, but there will be limited train traffic to the airport, as a Dutch court ruled that at least four trains per hour must run in each direction between Schiphol and the central station in Amsterdam. So these trains will run from 05:00 local time until 21:00.
“We expect a lot of traffic and queues on the roads around Schiphol. So we ask you to prepare well and take into account extra travel time,” the hub writes on its website.
The KLM website says that the strike, in addition to problems getting to and from the airport, can mean that its departures from Schiphol may be delayed or cancelled, which would affect both departing and transferring passengers.
KLM encourages its customers to keep abreast of current travel information on its website or app. It is also offering free rebooking for travel that would be taking place on May 28.
The dispute is over retirement age and also the fact that transport workers who handle heavy machinery are psychologically burdened by road accidents and collisions by people who deliberately throw themselves in front of trains or buses to commit suicide.
About half of the passengers in Schiphol go to or from the airport by public transport. Last year, the airport had on average more than 194,000 passengers a day.