Trains have been stopped in the north of the Netherlands while Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, has canceled or delayed hundreds of flights
Hundreds of flights to Amsterdam were canceled when a storm ravaged the Netherlands.
On Wednesday morning, a code red warning was declared by the national meteorological institute for three Dutch provinces as Cyclone Poly brought heavy rain and strong winds, with gusts of more than 90 mph.
Trains have been stopped in the north of the Netherlands while Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, has canceled or delayed hundreds of flights.
A spokesman for Schiphol said: “Currently, 400 flights have been cancelled. The airport is a major hub for connecting flights from Asia, the Middle East and the United States to the rest of Europe.
“Due to strong winds, rain and limited visibility caused by Hurricane Poly, air traffic may be restricted between 9am and 4pm on Wednesday, July 5. Both incoming and outgoing flights have been canceled or delayed,” Schiphol Airport said in a statement.
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Both KLM and easyJet flights from Manchester Airport were canceled this morning with the next flight scheduled to depart for Amsterdam at 13:45 on Wednesday. Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the latest flight information.
Other airports, including Heathrow and Gatwick, are experiencing prolonged delays for flights to and from the Netherlands.
In a statement on its website, easyJet apologized for the canceled flights. It said: “This is due to the adverse weather forecast in Amsterdam, which forecast high winds and low visibility on July 5.
“As a result, the Schiphol Airport Authority has imposed arrival restrictions, significantly reducing the number of flights that can operate to and from Schiphol Airport on July 5.
“We understand this is going to be disappointing news and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to make your new plan, so here’s everything you need to know about what to do next. The disruption of your flight is beyond our control and is considered an unusual situation.”
It advises travelers that they can switch to another flight for free, choose a voucher for the full value of their ticket, or request a refund.
The storm is expected to blow over the Netherlands later on Wednesday and into Denmark and Germany.
Dutch media released images of uprooted trees and “and at least one overturned lorry in Amsterdam, The Hague and Haarlem as the storm hit during the usually crowded morning rush hour.” casting.
The NL Times reported that a woman injured when a tree fell on top of her car was pronounced dead. The 51-year-old man from the town of Haarlem was in the car with another person, who survived the incident.
Emergency services in the North Dutch province, which includes the capital Amsterdam, have sent out a push alert to mobile phones urging people to stay indoors as the storm passes. The traffic authority also advises motorists to avoid driving if possible.