Due to personnel problems, three instead of five trains per hour will run on this route for more than a month. The trains that should depart from Rotterdam at :24 and :51 of every hour, and at :40 and :10 from Schiphol to Rotterdam, will not run until the end of next month.
In order to be allowed to work on the high-speed line, separate training is required, so NS staff cannot simply be recruited from elsewhere to man the Intercity Direct trains.
The Intercity Direct is very popular with Schiphol travelers and employees who live in the Rotterdam region. This train only takes 24 minutes to bridge the distance between Rotterdam Central and the airport, while the regular Intercity takes more than twice as much time. In the future, the travel time will be even shorter by a few minutes due to the influx of new ICNG trains, which can travel 200 kilometers per hour. It is now expected that the ICNG will transport the first passengers in the autumn.
Today (Monday) there are no Intercity Direct trains at all between Rotterdam and Schiphol, due to work on the track near Hoofddorp. They’ll be ready tomorrow.