DALLAS — Today, the Dutch government announced that it was halting the Experimental Ruling regarding the capacity cuts at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).
The airport expressed its disappointment with the decision. AMS believes that local residents are being negatively affected. While reducing the number of flights is not its main objective, the Experimental Ruling did bring clarity and certainty to the local community, the airport said.
Additionally, AMS argues that relying on “anticipatory enforcement” creates more uncertainty, including for the “aviation industry itself.” The airport went on to say that it was crucial to significantly reduce the disturbance for local residents, making the implementation of a nighttime closure, the prohibition of private flights, and the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft an urgent matter.
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water, Mark Harbers, stated in the government notice that the Cabinet knew that suspending the cessation of anticipatory enforcement and the experimental regime (track 1) was “a bitter pill for the environment.”
“I emphasize that the government is committed to restoring the balance between Schiphol and its living environment,” continued the minister. “This remains an urgent task to which we are fully committed. Work will continue unabated in the coming period within track 2 (balanced approach procedure) to reduce noise pollution from Schiphol. The House will be informed of further developments in the periodic progress letters on the Schiphol Airport Environment Program.”
Mr. Harbers added that the decision “was taken after renewed consideration of the interplay between the pending cassation appeal and the possible infraction proceedings.”
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