‘Make noise key to Schiphol boss bonus’

The bonuses awarded to the directors of Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport should be related to their success in complying with noise and environmental requirements rather than meeting financial targets, says Labour (PvdA) MP Paul Tang.

‘It would be good if Schiphol committed itself to targets other than money and growth,’ Tang said during a debate on the airport on Thursday evening.
Christian Democrat (CDA) transport minister Camiel Eurlings said he would consider the idea, now that Schiphol’s much mooted privatisation has been put on hold. Such a step would not only show that Schiphol was involved in society but would be an investment in making the area surrounding the airport more agreeable to live in, Eurlings said.
Much to the annoyance of green party Groenlinks, CEO Gerlach Cerfontaine recently called on the government to loosen noise pollution standards to allow for 100,000 extra take-offs and landings at Schiphol.
Tang dismissed the idea as ridiculous, while while Eurlings reassured the lower House that Schiphol will not be able to increase noise levels around the airport.
A committee is due to issue recommendations on Schiphol next week, with heavy fines expected as the airport has once again exceeded the noise limits set by the government.

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