KLM CEO Pieter Elbers wants budget airlines out of Schiphol. The Amsterdam airport is at risk of losing its position as an international flight junction due to all the space given to cheap airlines, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
Traveling to the United States by plane is getting cheaper and cheaper, according to figures from Skyscanner. Last year the average price for a return ticket from the Netherlands was 652 euros, 11 percent cheaper than the average of 734 euros such a ticket cost in 2015. Similar developments can be seen in flights to Canada, AD reports.
Ticket prices are also declining in the rest of the world, partly due to lower fuel prices. But at a decline of 3 percent, it is much less than the 11 percent fall in prices for tickets from the Netherlands to the United States and back.
Discount airlines may soon offer cheap trans-Atlantic flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Budget airline Norwegian plans to start offering long-haul flights from Schiphol by next year, CEO of the airline Bjorn Kjos confirmed to Luchtvaartnieuws.nl.
Schiphol opened its doors for too many airlines and that is why the airport is now nearing its limit in flight movements, according to airline KLM. That means that KLM can no longer grow at the airport and that is bad for the economy, KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said to newspaper AD on Wednesday.
Dutch pilots association VNV is worried that aviation safety falls below budgeting interests on the priority lists of especially low-cost airlines, a spokesperson said to NRC. The association calls for measures to improve safety in air traffic.
Dutch travelers are increasingly opting for budget airlines on their travels. More than 33 percent of all passengers going through a Dutch airport last year traveled with a cheap airline like Transavia, Ryanair or Easyjet, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.