British Airways Lounge at Amsterdam Schiphol.

British Airways has opened the latest of its refurbished lounges at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The new lounge, which has been designed by international interiors group Graven, reflects the style and elegance of the airline’s flagship Galleries lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5. There is a deli area for light dining and a stylish bar with complimentary wines, spirits and soft drinks.

Power points are available at most of the seats around the lounge to enable customers to work from their own personal devices. They will also have the ability to print wirelessly to a printer in the lounge.

The move is part of the major transformation to the airports central security area. This also means that there is a temporary walk way to the lounge making the lounge to gate journey roughly a 15-20 minute walk. The lounge has views over the run-way so customers can watch the planes come and go at this busy airport.

This is the latest British Airways lounge to be refurbished with other recent refurbishments at Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cape Town and Washington airports.


Amsterdam Schiphol Travel Advice.

Please be aware that if you, or any of your colleagues, are due to fly to Amsterdam, then your journey may be affected due to the increased security measures being put in place because of the Nuclear Security Summit, which is taking place in the Hague on the 24th & 25th March.

Until Friday 28th March the Dutch Authorities are introducing risk based border controls on selected flights into The Netherlands. As a consequence passengers may be asked to show a valid identity document or passport and a valid visa or other residency permit.

Passengers travelling to and from Amsterdam Schiphol airport are also advised to allow extra time for travel, as roads could be congested, especially during peak hours. The approach roads and exits of the A4 motorway to and from the airport will remain accessible, however, do expect to see traffic congestion due to the complete or partial closure of main roads and motorways to and from The Hague.

The (partial) road closures will take effect from the afternoon of Sunday 23rd March and you should expect closures on main roads until the early morning of Wednesday 26th March.  Dutch Railways (NS) will be deploying longer trains between Amsterdam and Rotterdam during rush hour on 24th and 25th March.

KLM cancels 84 Flights At Schiphol.

Late last night KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said it would cancel 84 flights to and from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport for today, Thursday 5th December, after forecasters sounded a “code orange” extreme weather warning for the next 24 hours.

The Netherlands is preparing for heavy storms with surging tides and winds predicted to gust up to 130 km/h (81 miles per hour) in places in the north.In the south, the landmark Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier has been closed off for the first time in six years, public broadcaster NOS reported.

Inter-continental flights will go ahead as scheduled, but travellers flying KLM to European destinations are advised to check for regular updates on the airline”s website.

Schiphol is Europe”s fourth-busiest airport with between 120,000 to 140,000 passengers passing through daily.

New International Routes For Cambridge Airport.

Swiss regional carrier, Darwin Airline, is set to start four new services from Cambridge Airport this September.

The airline will operate fifty flights a week, starting 2nd September, to Amsterdam, Geneva, Milan & Paris.

Darwin Airline offers economy and Premium Economy cabins on board their aircraft, plus online check in and in-flight catering.

KLM To Launch Flights From Manston.

KLM is to begin a new service from Manston Airport in eastern Kent to Amsterdam Schiphol on the 2nd April.

The Dutch carrier will offer twice daily flights from Manston to Schiphol, from where passengers can then connect to over 150 destinations worldwide. KLM will operate Fokker 70 jets with capacity for up to 80 passengers on the new route. The aircraft will feature both business class and economy.

KLM now offers 17 departure airports in Great Britain from where pasengers can connect, via Amsterdam Schiphol, to the airline’s worldwide route network. The airports are: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Humberside, Inverness, Leeds, London (Heathrow & City),
Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Southampton and now Manston in Kent. Quite a list!