Airlines, holiday firms and cargo companies call for more capacity at Schiphol

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Airlines, freight firms and holiday companies have written to the cabinet urging it to expand capacity at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.

The airport is now at near capacity and the companies want to hold emergency talks with the transport minister about allowing more take-offs and landings ahead of the 2020 rethink.

Without action, there will be ‘serious consequences for accessibility, jobs and the attractiveness of the Netherlands as a place to do business,’ the companies say.

The letter has been signed by KLM, TUI, Corendon, freight organisation VNV and transport lobby group TLN.

The holiday firms are also involved in a separate legal spat with Schiphol about the refusal to allow them to sell extra flights this summer.

This year, Schiphol has not moved unused winter slots to the busy summer period as it usually does, prompting the airlines to go to court.

‘This year we have decided not to move the slots because it will already be very busy in the summer,’ an airport spokesman said. ‘This season airlines are using bigger planes than they normally do.’

The court will rule on April 5.

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