IATA Weighs in on Amsterdam Schiphol Flight Cuts

IATA Weighs in on Amsterdam Schiphol Flight Cuts
Photo Credit: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has weighed in on the current proposals to cut the number of flights out of Amsterdam Schiphol.

IATA pushed the point that these cuts shouldn’t be implemented under a caretaker government, and that the matter “remains before the courts and the proposed process is strongly opposed by the airline industry”.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

IATA’s Willie Walsh: Decision on Amsterdam Schiphol Flight Cuts Should Be Delayed…

IATA Weighs in on Amsterdam Schiphol Flight Cuts
Photo Credit: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.


Commenting on the flight cuts out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was IATA’s Director-General Willie Walsh:

“Airlines are fully committed to addressing noise issues at airports under a proper Balanced Approach process.”

“It is essential that any decision be postponed until a fully functioning and accountable government with a fresh mandate is in place.”

“This unprecedented and complex proposal can then be considered carefully, with the legal questions settled and the full facts and implications understood and in the public domain, and with sufficient time for the air transport industry to adapt if necessary, when a final decision is known,”

IATA mentioned that the decision to cut Schiphol’s annual flight numbers to 460,000 under an “Experimental Regulation” was initially blocked by the Dutch court, which found it to go against the Balanced Approach, a EU law around noise.

The organisation listed the following consequences if the cuts go ahead:

  • It will demonstrate a contempt of the necessary democratic and legal scrutiny required of such a highly irregular and economically damaging proposal.
  • It will place the Netherlands squarely in conflict with its trading partners defending their rights under international agreements and bilateral treaties,
  • It should provoke the EU to defend its own laws which require rigorous application of the Balanced Approach, and
  • It will cause significant harm to the economy and jobs.

For now, all eyes are on the Dutch Government to see what the next moves are for them, and whether the airline industry can appeal successfully once again.

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