DALLAS – The Dutch Cabinet has decided that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) will only handle a maximum of 440,000 flights per year from November 2022. The Dutch Cabinet is the main executive body of the Netherlands- Down.
The move is an unprecedented move by the Dutch government to reduce noise pollution to advance its sustainability goals and the well-being of those living in the densely populated area of one of the country’s busiest regions.
According aircargoeye.comthe Dutch government cites the potential opening of nearby Lelystad Airport (LEY) for passenger travel to complement the destinations currently served by AMS, provided a nature permit is granted to Lelystad and the lane problem low approaches be resolved.
The Dutch government insists that this maximum number of flights will still allow AMS to maintain its network of international routes. However, he won’t make a final choice on the Lelystad location until the summer of 2024.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the third busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic in 2021. With almost 72 million passengers in 2019, it was the third busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume and the busiest in Europe in terms of aircraft movements before the COVID -19 pandemic.
Additionally, AMS was the 4th busiest in Europe in 2019, with an annual freight tonnage of 1.74 million.
Comments from the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure, AMS
“Local residents are exposed to aircraft noise and are also concerned about the impact of the airport on their health, the natural environment and the climate more generally,” said a statement from the Dutch cabinet.
“The government is trying to find a balance between the importance of having a large international airport – which is also good for the business community – and a better and healthier living environment,” he adds.
The controversial proposal presented to the cabinet by Mark Harbers, the country’s Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, was approved on June 24, 2021. “Given the public interests at stake, the government has decided to give the priority to the fight against noise pollution, while ensuring that the airport can continue to play its economic role”, underlines the Minister.
Harbers added: “I want to provide certainty, including about the future, to the aviation industry and those who live near the airport. This decision serves as the basis for establishing a new balance.
He also acknowledged that it was bad news for the aviation industry, which is still recovering from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am very aware of that. We will now flesh out the details of our decision regarding Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, together with local residents and aviation stakeholders. »
For its part, the airport said its “mission is to connect the Netherlands to the world and at the same time to accelerate the reduction of our impact on the environment and climate”. AMS reiterated that it was not aiming for “growth for growth’s sake, nor contraction for contraction’s sake”.
“We are in favor of a well-thought-out approach that leads to the intended goal: to connect the Netherlands to the world as an increasingly calm and cleaner Schiphol, adding that it would “continue to invest in this balance among “local residents”. , governments and the aviation industry.
Featured image: AMS. Photo: Schiphol Group