Travel Alert May 2019: Industrial Action in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

A national public transportation strike affecting at least three cities in the Netherlands has been called for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 for 24 hours by employees; and although the industrial action is not likely to affect air travel in and of itself for the day, some airlines have issued travel alerts because passengers may not be able to reach the airports via train or bus.

Travel Alert May 2019: Industrial Action in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

Nederlandse Spoorwegen Netherlands

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

According to this notice which was posted at the official Internet web site of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, which is the principal passenger railway operator in the Netherlands and is owned by its government:

Because of industrial action, very limited to no train traffic possible in entire country on Tuesday May 28th.


The Journey planner for travelling on Tuesday is not up-to-date.

Advice: do not travel by train on May 28th.  On May 29th train traffic might still be affected by the aftermath of this industrial action

Advice and a further detailed explanation is given by this notice which was posted at the official Internet web site of Schiphol Airport:

The Dutch labour union FNV called employees in the public transport sector to strike on Tuesday 28 May. As a result of this strike, no buses will be running. There will be limited train traffic to and from Schiphol Airport. We expect a lot of traffic and congested roads around Schiphol. Therefore, we ask you to prepare yourself well and take account for some extra travel time.

If you’re travelling to or from Schiphol Airport on 28 May, please note that travelling by train is limited and trains and stations will be crowded. Take account for some extra time for your journey by car or taxi due to congested roads. Please note that it is not possible to travel by bus to and from the airport.

You are more than welcome at Schiphol, but if you do not necessarily have to be at the airport on 28 May, then we are very grateful if you postpone your visit.

Advice

Please make sure to check your flight status if you’re travelling 28 May or contact your airline. If you’re travelling by car, taxi or Uber, please try carpooling or share your taxi ride. Check live traffic information (Dutch only), before you depart. If you do want to travel by train, plan your trip with the NS Travel Planner or Travel Planner Xtra app.

If you are traveling to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or The Hague over the next couple of days, expect delays and cancellations of ground transportation — and do not think of driving, as the roads and highways are expected to be even more congested than usual. You may not be able to arrive at any of the airports by train or bus — either on time or at all — which can affect your travel plans. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this industrial action, as you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary.

Here are three airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of the pending industrial action in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Amsterdam for Tuesday, May 28, 2019; and Friday, June 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Amsterdam for Monday, May 27, 2019 through Wednesday, May 29, 2019; and Wednesday, June 5, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Amsterdam for Tuesday, May 28, 2019; and Friday, June 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Nederlandse Spoorwegen Netherlands

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Other airlines which serve Amsterdam may issue travel alerts — and travel waivers — for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at the minimum as a result of the strike.

Although your flight may not be affected, if you have travel plans to, from or within the Netherlands on that day, you may want to consider changing them. If the airline on which you are scheduled to be a passenger on that day has not issued a travel waiver, consider contacting the airline for information, as you might be offered a travel waiver based on your circumstances.

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert May 2019: Industrial Action in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague”

  1. Thomas says:

    A court just ruled that there will be trains running between AMS Central and Schiphol, at least every 15 minutes on May 28th.

  2. Shahid Abbas says:

    Thanks for sharing such a detailed blog about the Industrial Action in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.
    This has added to my knowledge which I didn’t know. Thanks

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