Eindhoven Airport expansion could increase flights by 50 percent

An Arkefly jet above the Eindhoven Airport (Picture: Twitter/@Arke). (An Arkefly jet above the Eindhoven Airport (Picture: Twitter/@Arke))

Eindhoven Airport could increase it's flight movements - takeoffs and landings - from nearly 29 thousand to 43 thousand in 2020, former minister Hans Alders advised on Tuesday after speaking with those involved, NU reports.

Last year State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure and Environment and Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert decided that Eindhoven Airport would be allowed to grow in phases. The first phase is this year, during which the airport is allowed to increase its flight movements from 19 thousand to 29 thousand. Before any further growth could be allowed, the airport first had to take measures to improve sustainability and reduce noise disturbances to local residents. Alders has now concluded that the airport has succeeded in this.

The airport has been given a few limitations. Every day between 11:00 p.m. and midnight only four airplanes are allowed to land at Eindhoven airport. And on Sundays between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. only the two "home carriers" Ryanair and Transavia will be allowed to land or takeoff. Other carriers will only be allowed to arrive or depart after 8:00 a.m. This measure is aimed at creating jobs at and around the airport.