On Tuesday, Dutch airline KLM reported the first visible effects of the Covid-19 variant of coronavirus on its passenger numbers. “KLM had 2.7% fewer passengers on board this month compared to the same month last year,” the airline said in a statement about February passenger totals. “Passenger volumes decreased significantly by 23.7% on destinations in Asia.”
In the next 30 years, the Dutch government wants to limit the number of flights from Schiphol to popular tourist destinations. Instead the focus will be on increasing the airport's international network by favoring companies who contribute to this network in the distribution of flight slots, the Volkskrant reports based on Infrastructure Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen's draft Aviation Policy Document 2020-2050.
Schiphol will continue to grow after 2020, despite protests from local residents and environmental organizations, according to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management. The Amsterdam airport has to keep growing in order to keep its competitive position with other airline hubs in Europe, she said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
Stakeholders united in the Schiphol Environmental Council could not reach a consensus on the future growth of the Amsterdam airport. Chairman Hans Alders will therefore send his own advice to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure - to allow Schiphol 10 thousand additional flights per year up to and including 2023, and to allow moderate growth till 2028, NOS and NRC report.
The Schiphol Environmental Council consists of almost all parties with an interest in Schiphol, including local residents, governments, the aviation sector and other sector organizations.
Schiphol airport can theoretically grow to accommodating 540 thousand flights per year in 2023, 40 thousand more than is currently permitted, is stated in an interim environmental impact report on the airport that will be published on Thursday, insiders told NOS. The limit is not determined by noise or environmental impact, but by safety, according to the broadcaster.
In the coming years Schiphol will remain very crowded during the morning and evening peak-times. If the airport wants to grow further, it will have to do so outside peak times, because no more takeoffs and landings can be fit into the peak times, various Dutch news sources including Haarlems Dagblad, Noordhollands Dagblad and RTL Nieuws report.
Transferring holiday flights to Lelystad airport will not fix this problem, the newspapers write based on several studies carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
Schiphol has to transfer its unused flight slots from this past winter to the busy summer period, the court ruled in a lawsuit filed by airlines EasyJet, Corendon and TUI. This involves 2,700 takeoffs and landings, Het Parool reports.
Airlines Corendon, TUI and easyJet had Schiphol in court on Thursday to try and force the airport to transfer its 2,700 unused 'time slots' for the past winter to the busy summer season. If the airport doesn't do so, half a million Dutch tourists may have to change their summer plans, the airlines say, the Telegraaf reports.
If Lelystad Airport can't take over some of Schiphol's air traffic by April next year as planned, the growth limits currently set at the busy Amsterdam airport will have to be changed, Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis said at the presentation of the airport's annual figures on Friday.
Over 76.2 million people traveled through the five large airports in the Netherlands last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. That is a significant increase compared to 2016, when 70.3 million travelers arrived or departed at Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
Four out of the five large airports handled more passengers in each quarter of 2017 than a year earlier. Only Maastricht Aachen saw a decline.
Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM, wants to have a "mature discussion" about the possibilities of capacity growth at Schiphol in the coming years. As things stand now, Schiphol will reach its 2020 flight movement limit of 500 thousand a year by next year, meaning that the airport can't grow at all for two years, according to him. "You have to seriously question whether that is wise", Elbers said to Het Parool.
Schiphol Airport is getting very close to its maximum flight limit of 500 thousand flight movements per year until 2020. The expectation was that the Amsterdam airport would handle 492,100 flights this year. By the end of October, there were already 422,285 flights, four percent more than in the same period last year. If that trend continues, Schiphol will handle 498 thousand flights by the end of this year, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from Schiphol Airport.
Russia is threatening to close its airspace to Dutch companies after Schiphol reduced the the landing spots for Russian airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the Telegraaf reports based on a conversation with Dutch ABC manager Henk-Jan van Keulen. Schiphol reduced the landing spots to reduce the number of flight movements at the airport, according to the newspaper.
Van Keulen told the newspaper that he hopes a solution will be found.
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.
Schiphol airport processed a record number of 63.6 million passengers last year, 9 percent more than in 2015, Schiphol Group announced. The number of flight movements increased by more than 6 percent to 479 thousand flights. If this growth rate continues, Schiphol will exceed its maximum number of allowed flights before the end of the year, ANP reports.
Up until 2020 Schiphol is only allowed 500 thousand flight movements a year.
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