2,600 passengers who missed their flight due to the chaos in Schiphol demanded compensation. The airport has started to pay.
2 thousand 600 passengers who missed their flight due to the chaos experienced in the Netherlands in the past period applied to Schiphol for a return request. The top 10 of them were refunded.
In the statement made by the Schiphol airport management, it was stated that 2,600 passengers who missed their flight due to the chaos in the area in the past months, applied for a refund request.
In the statement, it was noted that in 10 of these applications, refunds were made to the passengers after the examination, and the evaluation of the other applications was continued.
Since the beginning of the summer period, the lack of personnel at Schiphol airport has made passengers suffer. In particular, the low number of security guards caused a backlog in identity checks. On some days, queues for kilometers formed at checkpoints.
The crowding caused passengers to miss their planes. Schiphol management made a statement due to this inconvenience and stated that the ticket change costs, new ticket costs or cancellation fees of the passengers who missed their flight between 23 April and 11 August due to the chaos in the area and could not get a refund from the airline or insurance company.
200 applications every day
Schiphol said in a statement today that approximately two hundred return requests are received every day, and that they have received a total of 2,600 requests so far. Schiphol reminded that passengers who want to submit a refund request have time until the end of September.
Refund request does not include only flight ticket fees. At the same time, passengers who miss their flight and have to stay at the hotel can also claim for hotel expenses.
Schiphol states that there is no clear picture yet of how many refund requests will be received by the end of September and how much the total cost may be.
Problems at the airport are still not resolved. Schiphol has hired 200 new security guards in recent months, but even this figure is 300 less than the number of staff that would normally work.
Schiphol announced that a passenger quota was introduced, especially in the summer months, in order to prevent the congestion. The passenger quota introduced will continue until the end of October and only 69,500 passengers will be allowed per day.
It will be decided later whether the application will be extended beyond October
Population growth due to immigration in the Netherlands is alarming
Housing Minister Hugo de Jonge told Nederlands Dagblad that the current increase in the Dutch population is unsustainable; He said that this increase will increase the pressure on the housing and have the potential to disturb the social peace.
Emphasizing that the population growth of around 100,000 per year, which is largely “immigration”, should be significantly reduced, De Jonge said, “Migration will always happen and there is a need for it to some extent, but it is also a fact that the current migration-induced population growth has reached unsustainable levels.” said.
According to figures from the national statistical agency CBS, the population of the Netherlands has increased by one million over the past 10 years to 17.7 million.
A total of 208,000 foreign nationals moved to the Netherlands last year, after a year when the immigration rate fell sharply due to pandemic restrictions. The largest group, 117,500 people, came from other EU countries or EFTA, while the number of Dutch citizens returning from abroad was 44,500.
The current coalition government, made up of the right-wing VVD and CDA, Liberal Democrats D66 and the small Christian party ChristenUnie, has begun to work harder to set immigration targets and fundamentally overhaul its asylum policy. De Jonge, in particular, underlined that they have to be more controlled and selective in determining which sectors have a shortage of workers.
The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has tripled since 2020
Automotive industry groups report that the number of electric cars registered in the Netherlands has nearly tripled in two and a half years.
It was shared that there are more than 300,000 electric passenger cars registered across the country. This figure was below 108,000 at the beginning of 2020.
About 20 percent of all electric cars on Dutch roads were produced by Tesla, with the Model 3 being the most popular. The second most popular brand was Volkswagen with 12.5 percent of the number of electric cars available on the roads, followed by Kia with just over 9 percent.
So, what brand of vehicles do those who have bought or will buy electric cars among our followers use? We are waiting your comments.
Schiphol will offer security guards a new salary to end the chaos at the airport
Robert Carsouw, chief financial officer of Schiphol Airport, said that after the final salary negotiations, they plan to make a new offer to the security guards within two weeks.
Carsouw stated that there will be no improvement in the chaotic long queues at the airport in a short time. Schiphol will also take action to improve working conditions to make airport security jobs more attractive.
Airport management has started discussions with the ministry and security companies to find out what is needed to attract more security guards. At this point, in addition to salaries, two more criticisms emerged: Carsouw stated that the security guards had difficulties in scheduling working hours, especially due to irregular shifts, and that they needed a place to rest during breaks, and that the airport started working on both issues.
The FNV labor union had previously reported that security guards were looking for work elsewhere after the temporary summer bonus disappeared in September. Joost van Doesburg, FNV’s Schiphol campaign manager, said many security guards wanted to leave the airport because of this.
Schiphol Airport last week called on airlines to cancel their flights to contain the crowds in the departure lounges. Following the recent cancellations, Schiphol offered the airlines 350 euros in compensation per canceled passenger.
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