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May 25, 2024
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Once again, Schiphol is the focal point of the airline industry this week. Despite urgent calls from airlines and IATA to leave a decision about the airport’s 2024 capacity to the new government after the November elections, the current ‘caretaker’ government has opted differently. On Friday, it proposed a reduction from 500.000 to 452.000 aircraft movements from November 2024, including some 3.200 fewer night flights, in its quest to reduce noise pollution around the airport. The proposal has been notified with the European Commission. Capacity cut Schiphol leaves industry flabbergasted.

If approved, this would likely make Schiphol the first major hub airport that has to reduce capacity on the ground of noise reduction, a sensitive issue at many airports around the world.


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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.