More action needed to reduce Schiphol bird risk

Measures need to be taken to reduce the number of birds congregating near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, junior transport minister Joop Atsma said on Friday.

In 2008 there were 160 instances of birds and planes flying into each other, well below the 2010 total of 280.
Last year, for example, a Royal Air Maroc aircraft lost a motor after an airborne collision with a flock of geese, news agency ANP said.
There is currently a six kilometre zone around the airport where industries which might attract birds are banned – such as fish processing or rubbish collection.
The minister wants to extend this to 10 or 13 kilometres.

Thank you for donating to

We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.

Make a donation