CBS: increase in peripheral airports
17 October 2007, AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday published a report indicating that peripheral airports in the Netherlands are increasingly popular.
17 October 2007
AMSTERDAM - The Dutch Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday published a report indicating that peripheral airports in the Netherlands are increasingly popular.
Between 2003 and 2006 the number of passengers using Dutch airports increased with 18 percent to 49 million in 2006. But at peripheral airports, the number of passengers increased with a staggering 80 percent.
The regional airports did particular well due to low-cost airlines like Easyjet and Ryan Air. Budget airlines prefer to use airports in the periphery because of their lower expenses. For passengers, checking in and boarding is quicker at small airports.
The number of low budget airlines flying to regional airports has tripled since 2003, the CBS found.
Airport Eindhoven in the southern Netherlands processed some 1.2 million passengers in 2006, pushing Rotterdam Airport (1 million passengers in 2006) from the top of the list.
Schiphol Airport also continues to grow and processed some 46 million passengers in 2006.
Last week Finance Minister Wouter Bos announced the government would not privatise Schiphol Airport.
Gerlach Cerfontaine, CEO of the Schiphol Group, has been lobbying for privatisation of the main Dutch airport for many years.
According to Cerfontaine, privatisation of Schiphol is necessary to remain ahead of its European competition, including Frankfurt, Paris and London airports.
[Copyright dpa 2007]
Subject: Dutch news