Following the ban of JetBlue’s slots into Amsterdam Schiphol, Washington very angry about the situation, claiming it violates agreed treaties and is considering action.
As per the NL Times, it is understood that the U.S Department of Transportation is now considering certain measures following this.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
Washington: JetBlue Ban From Amsterdam Violates Treaty…
The report from the Dutch outlet states that the JetBlue ban has been dubbed by Washington as “unfair and unreasonable” and that airlines such as KLM, Martinair & TUI have now been given seven days to submit their schedules.
During that period, the U.S is going to hold off on such actions whilst they wait for airlines to submit such schedules, but it is understood that the U.S Government will meet with the European Commission and the Netherlands over this on November 13.
As per BNN Bloomberg, airlines with historical rights to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will have to reduce their slots by 3.1%, with the first load of slot cuts expected to happen next year.
It hasn’t just affected JetBlue, however. The KLM Group has been asked to reduce its historical allocation by a staggering 5,700 slots, with their partner Delta Air Lines told to cut 252.
KLM expressed disappointment over this decision and they have said that they will be appealing these actions in the courts as a result.
This, however, in the case of JetBlue could have potential consequences for KLM moving forward, particularly from New York.
Looking ahead, all eyes will be on Washington to see how these upcoming meetings go, and whether following that, action by the U.S Government will be taken against Dutch operators following this.
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