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Article from TNU DECEMBER 2023

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The Dutch Government has reversed a proposed Schiphol flight cap reducing movements at one of Europe’s busiest aviation hubs from 500,000 to 460,000 per annum.

This would have affected scheduled flights, cargo operations and executive jets.

The decision, announced by Infrastructure Minister Mark Harbers, marks a significant moment for the aviation industry.

The proposed cap, aiming to reduce approximately 9,100 flights from next summer’s schedule for noise reduction, faced strong opposition from industry stakeholders, the United States and the European Commission. The US had threatened retaliation, and EU Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean had expressed concerns over potential infringement proceedings against the Netherlands.

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has welcomed the recent decision.  It has played a significant role in voicing the concerns of the executive jet community.

“This is certainly good news”, commented Róman Kok, EBAA Senior Communications Manager.

“We’ve been deeply involved in the Dutch case, advocating for our members and the broader industry. However, it’s clear that certain stakeholders like Schiphol Airport still hold misconceptions about the business aviation industry, often incorrectly perpetrating it as a primary contributor to noise and emissions issues".

See also Getting to Amsterdam - Train issues in this month's TNU.

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