Airlines and rail companies are not in a position to stand up to the Schiphol airport authority or rail network operator ProRail because both state-owned firms are too powerful, the competition authority says in a new report.
This means airlines and train companies are not in a strong position to negotiate on fees or other aspects of their business, even though creating a level playing field is the aim of the current regulatory structure, the NMa said.
The competition body said both airlines and train companies can only put real pressure on Schiphol and ProRail via the transport ministry. Both Schiphol and ProRail are 100% state-owned.
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