Lelystad to process 4 mln passengers

11th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 May 2007, LELYSTAD - Lelystad Airport is able to transport a maximum of four million passengers a year. This would be on condition that no night flights operate from the airport. This is contained in a vision document on the expansion of the airport which the Lelystad city council approved on Thursday.

11 May 2007

LELYSTAD - Lelystad Airport is able to transport a maximum of four million passengers a year. This would be on condition that no night flights operate from the airport. This is contained in a vision document on the expansion of the airport which the Lelystad city council approved on Thursday.

Schiphol, which owns the regional airport, wants to move some of its flights from Amsterdam to Lelystad. The vision document is the starting point which the municipality will take with it into its negotiations with Schiphol and the state, which makes the final decision on whether the airport may expand or not.

The municipality can set conditions on a proposed expansion. They expect that four million passengers a year could generate at least 3,200 jobs.

Opponents to the plan fear that Schiphol will transfer primarily noisy flights to Lelystad. The municipality does not think this will necessarily be the case, since the maximum noise level at Lelystad would be quickly reached and then no more flights would be allowed.

Opponents also fear that in the long run night flights will also operate from Lelystad and are concerned about the impact on the environment.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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