Dutch holidaymakers bound for commercial destinations will most likely have to travel in and out of regional airports in the near future, following Monday’s announcement by Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport that it intends to focus on business traffic.
Charter airlines like Transavia (KLM’s own charter subsidiary), Arkefly and Corendon will have fewer openings for negotiating landing rights and will be actively encouraged to move to smaller airports in Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Twente in the east of the country and the northern Groningen.
At a meeting of the Dutch Aviation Group on Monday, Schiphol chief Jos Nijhuis said that Schiphol would prefer not to have holiday traffic because “it has less value for us”, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
Mr Nijhuis emphasized the need for Amsterdam to present itself as a ‘Global City Region’ and argued that the new Schiphol strategy would be crucial to its success. Amsterdam’s reputation as a financial centre and the elimination of bureaucracy were also cited as success engines for the growth of the mainport.
Mr Nijhuis alluded to agreements arrived at between Schiphol, the Dutch government and residents who live near the airport which stipulate the preference to shift to a more concentrated and sustainable business airport with more international traffic and airlines.
Schiphol’s CEO argued that a business-focused airport will in turn stimulate more sustained economic growth in the Amsterdam region. Deputy Infrastructure and Environment Minister Joop Atsma confirmed that Schiphol´s strategy is in line with his vision for more exploitation of the regional airports by tourist traffic.
– Source: Jacqueline Nolan, Dutch tourists banished to regional airport, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Nov. 23, 2010
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