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Air France-KLM makes a profit again, for the first time since the outbreak of corona

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Air France-KLM returned to profit in the second quarter , totaling 324 million euros. This is the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus. In the first quarter of this year, the company recorded a loss of 552 million euros.

Within the group, KLM recorded an operating profit of 262 million euros last quarter. In the first quarter this was 3 million euros. Air France made a loss of 363 million euros in the first quarter. Last quarter, the French also made a profit again: 133 million euros.

The demand for airline tickets increased enormously. The airline carried nearly 23 million passengers in April, May and June. That is more than 224% more than at the end of last year. This also created problems: long lines at Schiphol, cancellations and leftover suitcases.

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“It is a perfect storm”, says the new KLM president Marjan Rintel about the past period. On 1 July she succeeded Pieter Elbers. “I try to tackle all the problems I come across and also get to know the company and listen and hear and see what’s going on and what’s going on,” she says.

“We also find it incredibly annoying that the service for our customers is currently not at the level as expected, and that we have been struggling for weeks with long security queues, problems in the baggage basement and a wide labor market shortage.”

Last week there was a malfunction in the baggage system that left thousands of suitcases at the airport. Yesterday all those suitcases returned to their owners, says Rintel.

Shrinkage Schiphol

Another challenge for the company is the decline in the number of flight movements at Schiphol. At the end of June, the cabinet announced that Schiphol must shrink. The maximum number of flights will be reduced from 500,000 to 440,000 due to noise pollution. Schiphol has been violating the law for seven years by exceeding the “enforcement points for noise pollution”, acknowledged Minister Harbers of Infrastructure and Water Management.

This contraction affects KLM in particular because the airline is responsible for a large part of those movements. “A reduction in the number of aircraft movements may require sharp and difficult choices from the company,” Harbers wrote to the House of Representatives.

KLM has not yet made those choices, Rintel says today, because it is not clear to the company what the figure of 440,000 is based on. “We are going to delve into that, and of course we take into account what that means for sustainability and what that means for local residents. But we also want to know and investigate whether less drastic actions are possible with the same result and go there. we’re talking about it. Because we want to know the facts first.”

The ministry says that the number of 440,000 is fixed, but that the further elaboration and implementation of the plan is being discussed with Schiphol, local residents and airlines, including KLM.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Getting married in the Netherlands: All information for your dream wedding in the Netherlands

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Getting married in the Netherlands

Getting married in the Netherlands means having a wonderful ceremony on the beach or on a large sailing ship in the middle of the sea. That’s why we want to recommend Holland to you to get married.

We’ll tell you everything you need to have a dream wedding there.

How to get married in the Netherlands

In Holland you can have both a civil and a church wedding. However, only the civil marriage is legally valid. In addition, one of you must be Dutch or have your domicile or habitual residence in the Netherlands. Otherwise it is not possible to get married in Holland.

Where to get married in the Netherlands

Whether it’s romantic in the lighthouse with a view of the sea, on a sailing boat trip on the sea or directly on the beach with your feet in the sand – Holland also offers you wonderful places to get married outside of the registry office, because the registry officials come everywhere.

When is the best time to get married in the Netherlands?

From June to August you have the best weather conditions for your wedding in Holland.

You need these documents for a wedding in the Netherlands

Valid passports or ID cards
International birth certificates (you can get them at the registration office of your place of birth)
Extract from the population register or proof of Dutch nationality
An international marriage certificate (you can get this from the registry office in your municipality)
If divorced: final, certified divorce decree
If widowed: certified death certificate

Foreigners must also regularly present a certificate from the Dutch immigration authorities (vreemdelingendienst) to the police when ordering a riot police, in accordance with the law on the prevention of sham marriages, which has been in force in the Netherlands since the end of 1994.

The application form (M46 form) for this certificate will not be submitted until all the above documents are received. The form does not have to be submitted if the foreign partner in question has a permanent residence permit in the Netherlands, or both partners live abroad for an indefinite period of time, or the foreign partner in question is an EU citizen and is registered in the Netherlands (in the GBA).

Magical Dutch wedding customs

In Holland it is not bad luck if the groom sees his bride before the wedding. Because in the Netherlands it is customary for the groom to personally pick up the bride at home before the wedding and give her the bridal bouquet. Then the two drive together to the church or to the registry office.

At the wedding celebration, a wedding tree, which usually consists of a large branch, is set up next to the bridal couple. In addition, all guests receive a pretty ribbon, pen and piece of paper to write down wishes for the bridal couple and then attach them to the wedding tree. Thus, the tree visually receives leaves consisting of affectionate wishes.

After the wedding, the bridal couple plants lilies of the valley around their house, because the flowers bloom every year and so the love of the bridal couple should bloom again every year.

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Dutch not thinking of saving despite water scarcity

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The Netherlands is facing water shortages, in the official statement of Infrastructure and Water Affairs Minister Mark Harbers on Wednesday. 

Despite this statement and the minister’s recommendation to use less water, 48 percent of Dutch residents said they did not plan to use less water. 4000 people participated in the survey conducted by Hart van Nederland.

As a result of the survey, it was revealed that women will pay more attention to water use than men. More than half of the men reported that the amount of water they would use would be the same.
Older people, on the other hand, view the savings advice positively. 57 percent aged 50 and over said they aim to use less water because of the possibility of scarcity. 62 percent under the age of 30 stated that they will not reduce their water use.
Three-quarters of the 46 percent who will pay attention to water use said that they plan to do this by taking a shorter shower. Half of 46 percent reported that they would water their gardens and balconies less and fill their swimming pools and jacuzzis less.

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Dutch Minister of Infrastructure: We are facing water scarcity

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According to the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Mark Harbers, yesterday, the Netherlands is officially facing water shortages. According to the minister’s statement, no extra measures have been taken regarding this issue yet, but if the drought continues, various measures will be taken.

The Minister stated that the situation is quite serious and that this problem should be addressed from a national perspective, not a local one.
Harbers said that while drinking water is sufficient at the moment, citizens should now be more careful when using the water. “Please think twice before washing your car or filling your pool.”
Currently, some water boards in the country are already taking steps to deal with the famine and have imposed a ban on irrigation for farmers who own arable land. The water level in the IJsselmeer lake, where most of the country’s drinking water comes from, is also kept as high as possible.
The Dutch government has also set up a special team of government, water board officials, drinking water companies and local governments to make the necessary decisions.
The Netherlands is experiencing its fifth water shortage this century. In 2003, the drought reached level 3 and caused a national crisis. Currently, it is listed as level 2, indicating that it is facing a famine.

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