Travel Alert: Electricity Restored After Major Power Outage in Netherlands

lights to and from Amsterdam may still be delayed, diverted or canceled following a major power outage of greater than five hours earlier today which affected approximately a million households; forced flights to divert from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; and disrupted the national networks of public transportation — including trams and Metro trains.

According to this article written by Thomas Escritt of Reuters, after greater than two hours, power was restored in the Amsterdam financial district and gradually returned to cities across the province of Noord Holland — home to a sixth of the population of 17 million people in the Netherlands. “Major delays were also reported at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, where all flights were briefly suspended and inbound planes diverted to regional airports. Amsterdam-bound airliners were delayed on the tarmac on airports throughout Europe.”

The official Internet web site of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has an advisory clearly displayed, as you can see via the screen shot displayed at the top of this article:

Power outage Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

As a result of the power outage, flight schedules to Amsterdam may still be disrupted. We advise you to check your flight status. Should you require more information, please contact us 24/7 through KLM on Facebook or KLM on twitter, or call KLM Telephone reservations. For the latest updates see the flight disruption page.

An advisory pertaining to the major power outage was issued from Delta Air Lines, waiving the fees on refunds, cancellations and changes of flights. The ticket must be reissued on or before — and rebooked travel must begin no later than — March 31, 2015.

Discussions on FlyerTalk pertaining to the major power outage in a portion of the Netherlands appear here and here.

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