Dutch airline industry calls for joint action agenda

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The Dutch aviation industry, including airlines, knowledge institutions, the manufacturing industry, industry-wide associations and trade unions today jointly presented their vision of the future for the airline industry.

Through ten concrete commitments, they aim to build a “future-proof” aviation industry, balancing environmental responsibility with affordability and connectivity.

A Vision for Balance

The overarching goal of the Dutch aviation industry is to strike a delicate balance with the living environment.

As planes crisscross the skies, it is imperative to ensure that the impact on the climate and our immediate surroundings is mitigated.

Achieving this balance will enable Dutch citizens to continue flying affordably while maintaining global connectivity.

Sustainable Accessibility

Central to this vision is the commitment to keeping flying accessible to all Dutch people.

The industry aims to navigate the delicate equilibrium between economic viability and environmental responsibility, ensuring that air travel remains a feasible option for everyone.


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A view across Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
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Global Leadership

The Dutch aviation industry seeks to strengthen global and European policy, positioning the Netherlands as a leader in the production, logistics, and purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

This commitment upholds a dedication to innovation and sustainable practices that reverberate beyond national borders.

Climate Targets and Beyond

With a sharp focus on environmental responsibility, the industry commits to meeting the 2030 climate targets and progressing towards achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

This forward-looking approach aligns with international efforts to combat climate change and ensures the industry’s contribution to a cleaner, greener future.

Embracing innovation is pivotal to the industry’s evolution. Commitments include a faster time to market for innovations such as electric and hydrogen-powered flight.

This proactive stance hopes to position Dutch aviation as a pioneer in adopting cutting-edge technologies that redefine the future of air travel.

A Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tanker alongside an aircraft.
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Collaboration for a Safer Workplace

The industry acknowledges that achieving cleaner and quieter operations necessitates collaboration. With a call for cooperation between government, knowledge institutes, and industry, the aim is to create an agreeable and safe workplace.

This commitment emphasizes the importance of a collective effort towards a sustainable future.

“By collaborating with government, knowledge institutions, and industry, we can achieve significant progress towards cleaner and quieter operations,” stated Marjan Rintel, CEO of KLM.

“The Netherlands has the expertise, infrastructure, and entrepreneurial spirit to lead the way. These ten commitments showcase our dedication, highlight where government support is crucial, and demonstrate the benefits for Dutch citizens.”

Gunay Uslu, CEO of Corendon, echoed this sentiment: “Preparing our industry for the future demands an all-hands-on-deck approach.”

“Companies, universities, and unions must stand together, with government acting as a vital partner. Only through collaboration can we achieve our sustainability goals.”

“We understand fully that flight operations must become cleaner, quieter and more efficient. It’s definitely best if we think and act industry-wide, so together with the business community, government and knowledge institutions, agreed Marcel de Nooijer, CEO Transavia.

Arjan Kers, General Manager of TUI Netherlands, emphasized the importance of accessibility: “Dutch citizens have a strong desire to travel. Maintaining excellent connections for both leisure and business is crucial.”

“Let’s work together to ensure a healthy future for aviation, keeping travel affordable and accessible for all Dutch people.”

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The Dutch aviation industry has today jointly presented their vision of the future for the airline industry.
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