Power Failure Hits Amsterdam, Impacts Air and Rail Travel

By Paul Riegler on 27 March 2015
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Amsterdam's Schiphol Aorport

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Aorport

The city of Amsterdam ground to a halt Friday after a massive power outage hit the capital and surrounding area.  The outage left millions of people without power in the Noord-Holland province of the Netherlands, and shut down most transportation systems there.

All inbound flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport were cancelled for several hours and only a small number of outbound flights were able to depart when the outage struck.  Flightstats, a flight tracking service, reported that almost 500 flights in and out of Amsterdam were delayed and several dozen were cancelled all together.

The delays weren’t limited to the city’s airports.  Amsterdam’s central train station was packed with thousands of travelers who were stranded due to the outage, as trains could not leave the station.   While there were no injuries, many people became trapped on the city’s trains when the outage occurred and had to be rescued.

The cause of the outage was traced back to a high-voltage power station in the town of Diemen, just outside Amsterdam.

Power was restored at 10:45 a.m. local time according to a tweet sent by Schiphol, which also indicated it was working to clear the backlog of flights.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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