KLM boss concerned for Schiphol's growth
23 November 2006, AMSTERDAM — KLM chairman Leo van Wijk is concerned about the consequences of the Dutch election result on the expansion plans of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
23 November 2006
AMSTERDAM — KLM chairman Leo van Wijk is concerned about the consequences of the Dutch election result on the expansion plans of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.
Van Wijk was responding to Wednesday's election result in which the Socialist SP won 26 seats (up from nine).
The result placed the SP in a position to enter coalition government talks with the Netherlands' two largest parties, the Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA.
Van Wijk said there is a great chance that a new Cabinet with a left-wing leaning will be installed, leading to new environmental restrictions for Schiphol.
"We won't be able to grow or barely at all," he said.
The Dutch airline boss was also sharply critical of opportunist politicians.
"If it's going well with the economy the growth of Schiphol is restricted, but if it goes badly then the airport is suddenly the employment motor of the Netherlands," Van Wijk said.
"You can't say from one moment to the next that the growth of Schiphol will be restricted."
Van Wijk also said KLM is investing in much cleaner and quieter airplanes but that the government was offering too little in return.
"Government, do your thing for once," he said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Dutch news