Statement Schiphol regarding coronavirus developments

The corona virus has established a unique predicament at Schiphol and in the Netherlands at significant. The virus is hitting every person hard. Schiphol’s passenger numbers went down by 20% in the 1st week of March. That selection improves to 30% if all flights to and from the United States stop. We are acquiring several situations so we can prepare for a selection of various situations at the airport.

“Our obligation is to the Netherlands to maintain Schiphol jogging and for it to stay linked to the relaxation of the earth. Schiphol is a crucial component of our country’s infrastructure. We are trying to keep a shut eye on developments and respond quite rapidly as and when they transpire. Schiphol, the authorities, airlines and associates are performing jointly on added situations heading ahead, these kinds of as operating Schiphol at a more compact scale. We are undertaking this in a liable way with careful attention provided to travellers and workers”, reported Dick Benschop, CEO.

The United States will introduce a 30 day entry ban all through the night time of Friday, March 13 to Saturday March fourteen on 04.fifty nine am for anyone who has been in a Schengen (page in Dutch only) country in the earlier fourteen times, apart from for American citizens. This will have an affect on Schiphol. There are weekly extra than two hundred flight from Schiphol to the United States. We are now mapping out, jointly with the airlines, what this means just for flights to the U.S. We kindly tips travellers to contact their airline if they are owing to vacation.

”[i]Our 1st precedence right now is informing travellers – that is step just one. We are also now building an stock of the further implications, which by natural means will affect the Netherlands’ network. We count on this to be talked about with the authorities[/i” reported CEO Dick Benschop in a response to the information.

4th March

A traveller has analyzed optimistic for the corona virus after their arrival at Schiphol Airport. This individual is now getting assessed and supervised by the Gezondheidsdienst (Municipal Health Providers, or GGD) subsequent nationally-proven protocols. The GGD is now mapping who this individual has been in contact with. Schiphol is subsequent GGD’s tips about the corona virus. At this time, centered on GGD’s tips, there is no need to have for other steps to be taken.Right here are the steps that are now nevertheless in outcome:

  • A concept from RIVM/GGD will surface on the screens in the vicinity of baggage declare which will be noticed by travellers that arrive from places where the corona virus is present. That concept will include standard info as properly as what to do if the traveller has indications.
  • We recommend all travellers and workers to prioritise standard hygiene, just as you would with any other flu virus. That includes washing arms, sneezing or coughing on the inside of your elbow, and/or making use of paper tissues.
  • We have knowledgeable