Amsterdam airport cancels all flights due to violent storms

Aeroplanes seen on the tarmac at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam.
Aeroplanes seen on the tarmac at Schiphol airport near Amsterdam. PHOTO: REUTERS

THE HAGUE (AFP)  – Severe winter gales battered the Netherlands Thursday forcing Amsterdam airport to cancel all flights, while all Dutch trains were halted amid winds of up to 140 kmph.

“Due to severe weather conditions: all air traffic has been suspended until further notice,” Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest flight hubs, said in a tweet.

The notice came shortly after the national weather service upped its warning to the highest code red level.

The national NS train service had earlier cautioned that fewer trains will be running, as the national weather office warned parts of the northeast could be hit by snow.