Schiphol must lower fees: competition body

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport must stop passing on the cost of building a sound-barrier around one of its runways to airlines, the competition authority NMa said on Tuesday.

The ruling means Schiphol must cut its landing and baggage handling fees by a total €3.5m, the NMa said in a statement.
The complaint was made by KLM and the airline umbrella organisation Barin.
Under new rules introduced in 2006, airport fees must reflect the actual cost of operations. Building a sound wall is not an airport activity, the NMa said.

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