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Airlines Appeal Against Schiphol Flight Curbs

By Dave Simpson
Airlines Appeal Against Schiphol Flight Curbs

KLM, Delta, United and scores of carriers have filed an appeal at the Dutch Supreme Court to overturn a move by the Dutch government to curb traffic at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, the Dutch airline said on Tuesday 25 July.

An Attempt To Over A 7 July Decision By The Amsterdam Court Of Appeal

The legal action announced by the airlines is an attempt to overturn a 7 July decision by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal that backed the Dutch government's plans to reduce the number of flights at Schiphol to 460,000 from 500,000.

Supported By Other Airlines And Trade Associations

The lawsuit was also supported by JetBlue, easyJet, Corendon, TUI fly, and trade associations IATA, which has 300 airline members worldwide, and Airlines for America (A4A), which represents 10 US airlines, among others, the statement said.

"Creates A Lack Of Clarity And Causes Uncertainty"

"The current judgement by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal creates a lack of clarity and causes uncertainty for passengers and the aviation sector," it said. "The judgement conflicts with national, European and international regulations. It is in the interests of all parties to obtain clarity."

A Temporary Solution To Cut Noise Pollution And Tackle Other Issues

The Dutch government had announced the cap in February, calling it a temporary solution to cut noise pollution and to tackle other environmental issues.


Additional Information

Royal Schiphol Group, the operator of airports in the Netherlands, is majority-owned by the Dutch state.

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