Around 80 flights to and from Amsterdam Schiphol were cancelled on Tuesday as a nationwide public transport strike made it hard for passengers and staff to get to Europe’s third largest airport.

Almost all train, bus and tram drivers in the Netherlands staged a 24-hour strike today, protesting over proposed reforms of the country’s pension system.

Various airlines and operators had to cancel flights and offer alternative travel dates. Others advised passengers to postpone their travel plans and offered them the opportunity to reschedule flights to another date free of charge.

Cancelled destinations are seen on a screen at the departure train platform at Amsterdam Railway Station during a national public transport strike in the Netherlands as workers demand higher pensions and the right to retire at the age of 66, in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
Cancelled destinations are seen on a screen at the departure train platform at Amsterdam Railway Station during a national public transport strike in the Netherlands as workers demand higher pensions and the right to retire at the age of 66, in Amsterdam, Netherlands May 28, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The strikes, which led to large traffic jams around major Dutch cities early today, are part of larger protests, which are expected to lead to walk-outs in factories and amongst public services workers on Wednesday.

Unions are demanding the government drops its plans to increase the retirement age and cap it at its current level of 66 as well as making it easier for people with physically demanding jobs to stop working earlier.