MPs criticise government’s over-optimistic airport growth plan

Opposition MPs have doubts about what they say are the government’s over-optimistic plans to expand aviation in the Netherlands, news agency ANP reports.

The junior minister in charge of aviation, Joop Atsma, published a strategy document on Monday which anticipates 580,000 aircraft movements a year by 2020.
Of those, 510,0000 take-offs and landings would take place at Schiphol and the rest at regional airports.
Too optimistic

But MPs from the left of centre opposition say the projections are too optimistic, pointing out there were 386,000 aircraft movements at Schiphol last year.
And, they say, the minister is making too many plans to change the way aviation is organised on the basis of those figures.
For example, he plans to move budget airlines to Lelystad and Eindhoven airports, so Schiphol can focus on developing its international network.

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