Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 13:16
No commercial airport in Twente
The planning of a new airport in Twente will not be used for commercial flights. The municipality of Enschede and the province Overijssel decided not to continue renovating the building into a civilian airport. Area developer ADT, made up of the municipality and the province, does not think it possible to realize domestic flights from Twente before the end of the year. This is mainly because the European Commission (EC) cannot confirm whether or not there can be state support for the airport before the 1st of September, which is the demand that the municipality of Enschede stated to the EC. It is unclear what exactly will happen with the existing structure. According to local action group VOLT Twente, says that promises were made four years ago that there would be alternative plans for the structure if an airport would not be possible. Group president Noi Graas says he wants to keep politics to these promises. These alternative options would not include flight activities, which is a feature of the plan that surrounding residents have been fighting against. Graas wants the three kilometers of landing strip to be removed. "Otherwise there will be someone every three or five years with a plan for an airport."