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The strike at KLM seems to have vanished. KLM management and the largest union, representing 70% of the personnel, have struck a deal late Friday evening. The second largest union is to decide on Sunday, but is expected to follow suit. So Monday, January 8th, will be a day like any other in the blue skies.
All this seems to be accomplished in the very Dutch tradition of negotiating and ultimately reaching a deal that is mutually beneficial without a major disturbance to us, the passengers.
A system of co-operation between employers and unions seemingly hard to understand for many people from France, Belgium, the UK or Southern Europe, but effective and as a user of their services a pleasant and mature way of resolving disputes.in reply to: Possible strikes at Air France / KLM next week6 Jan 2018
Although a huge fan of KLM based on my experiences last months I will not be seen in these X-mas jumpers. Not entirely my style. 😉
For your comment on the strike on January 8: FNV is a relatively small union. Only 1500 of the 9000 cabin attendants are members of FNV. The larger union, VNC, has stated not to particpate in this strike. This gives KLM the opportunity to schedule the flights of cabin attendants who are members of FNV in such a way that flight schedules will not be affected.
Furthermore KLM has announced it will take FNV to court in an effort to have the strike forbidden.in reply to: KLM Christmas jumper… and New Year strike4 Dec 2017
And KLM paid the taxi fare on December 1st. Everything settled within a week!
My only gripe with KLM these days: their flights within Europe are fully booked nowadays. Not a single seat left between Amsterdam and multiple destinations in Scandinavia.
Probably helped by this level of customer service. On the one hand I would say: keep this level up! On the other: buy bigger planes! 😉
What to think of this: is this the result of a deliberate policy of KLM or the result of EC261?in reply to: Astonishing customer service by KLM3 Dec 2017
Yes, it is an outdated product, but in line with the seemingly deteriorating standards at BA.
But it is a pretty dense setup and thereby rakes in a lot of money!
It once was a pleasure to fly them. There are better options for almost any destination nowadays.
Although no real fan of Skytrax it gives a good indication of the general displeasure. As do some threads on this forum.in reply to: BA Leisure Fleet 777 irritation10 Nov 2017
Travelling with duty free booze seems to become more and more complicated.
The best advise is to leave booze at the duty free shop.
The message from the OP looks to me more of a scam by the OZ government protecting their tax income and ailing QF.
Drinking and smoking are apparently deemed to be bad for your health, but surely for your pocket. Especially when bought tax free. 😉in reply to: Bangkok Airport Scams10 Nov 2017
Just this week. AMS – CDG v.v.
Another time I wished the company had booked me on the Thalys high speed train. Delayed and arrogant ground staff at CDG. Once in the air KLM was OK, saved by the flight attendant serving us. And yes, a long walk at AMS, but I don’t mind doing that. I tell myslef it is good for battling DVT. 😉9 Nov 2017
Swissdiver, I start to wonder when was the last time you went through Amsterdam Schiphol airport. Yes, it is huge and walking distances can be quite long, but they offer moving walkways at every pier. The security problem was due to a planning problem in May, but has since been resolved. I have been travelling through Amsterdam airport at least twice a week for the last 3 months. No problem at passport control or at security. This week I went through security within 3 minutes. Always a bit of a hassle at any airport, but the agents were courteous and polite. Not bad for an early Sunday morning.
Typically on my returns there are very short queues at passport control and both the eGates and the manned posts process people quickly.
So much better than CDG, but that may also have to do with my personal preference and my limited command of the French language. The atmosphere at Amsterdam, at least in my experience, is better and so is the lounge. Also I find there are better restaurants and bars.
Sometimes the food at AF is indeed better than KL, but then again I am not a real fan of airplane food, no matter if I am flying Y or J.
And the answer to JPNU’s question: Luton this summer. Arrival was OK, but it was my worst experience ever flying out of there.6 Nov 2017
Take KLM as their soft product is so much better than AF. I prefer their attitude towards their customers and the new 787 aircraft are excellent as well. In terms of the hard product there are not too many differences in my view. Both airlines use rather new aircraft with a very decent J product.
Furthermore you will avoid CDG, an added bonus.
The only reason to go on AF would be the A380, but the negatives outweigh this for me.
It is a personal opinion of course, but since you asked…..
Let us know what you chose and what your experiences were. Much appreciated.4 Nov 2017
Dutch engineers and construction companies have been involved in creating multiple new islands like “The World” and “Palm Island” in Dubai and the New Hong Kong airport.
But they have also extended the Rotterdam harbor by creating new land into the North Sea.
The plan Tom has linked to is from 2012. The economic situation and the airline requirements have increased ever since.
And some on this forum thought that Boris island was another daft idea? Probably the best solution for London indeed. Mr LP seemed to be right again, as so often.in reply to: New Amsterdam Airport4 Oct 2017
To try to clear a few things.
1. There is no plan for a new Amsterdam airport in the near future. Currently the airport of Lelystad, north east of Amsterdam in one of the famous ’70s polders, is being extended. This airport is due to open for commercial flights in the spring of 2019. The aim of the Dutch government is to “entice” airlines to relocate from Amsterdam Schiphol to Lelystad airport. However a limited number of slots will be available at Lelystad airport and pubic transport connections are still not up to the normal Dutch standard.
A tiny problem may also be that Ryanair has already offered to take up all the available slots. In that case Lelystad Airport will not offer any solace to Amsterdam Schiphol.
2. Amsterdam Schiphol airport is by no means full in terms of technical slots, but is limited due to an agreement between the government and environmental groups and people living near the airport. The current limit allows for 500.000 starts and take-offs per year until 2020. Due to the popularity of Amsterdam Schiphol airport as an international hub (and being LHR’s 3rd runway) and the low cost of flying this limit has been reached much earlier than expected.
On the other hand aircraft have become much quieter so based on more recent calculations (a rather difficult way of making a point) the airport authorities claim there is room for many more slots.
Based on the 6 runways that Amsterdam Schiphol airport has it can accommodate many more slots, if allowed.
3. For the same reason the extension of flights to Rotterdam/The Hague airport or Eindhoven airport is very difficult as well. It seems the Netherlands has to re-negotiate its policies on airport usage. But at least they seem to be working towards a pragmatic solution.
4. Based on the ideas that have been put forward the next new Amsterdam airport might require an island in the North Sea, much like Boris island. It may take a few years to create this, but if there is one country that has the knowledge to pull it off…
5. But don’t hold your breath. First they will be extending Amsterdam Schiphol airport. They actually started this week and plan to deliver by 2021.in reply to: New Amsterdam Airport4 Oct 2017
Alex, wise to bring the issue on capacity up again. With so many options to fly from and falling prices I was already wondering who would blink first.
Your assumption in an earlier post (see below) made me frown a bit.
Note that EI will also be relying on connecting flights arriving from mainland Europe.
EI will be expecting to fill some of its increases transatlantic capacity with Dutch, German, French travellers and so on.
All these countries, and many more, have nonstop links and dozens of other options to North America already. EI would, at least in my view, only win customers by undercutting their prices by a serious amount and offering a superior service. And making EI a full service, low cost airlineis that why IAG bought them?in reply to: Aer Lingus Transatlantic Expansion28 Sep 2017
Is that what’s missing for Mrs LP? Come on, I’m sure you can resolve this problem. You don’t need security personnel at airports for that, don’t you? 😉
On average my time to pass through security at Schiphol, Amsterdam airport is less than 10 minutes this summer. I find that quite good considering the higher security requirements at airports throughout the EU. Scandinavian airports are performing OK, some British airports (Manchester and Luton) were far worse. But don’t get me started on airports in Spain and Italy. Horrendous.in reply to: Long Schiphol Queues27 Sep 2017