Amsterdam's Schiphol to slash airport fees

30th October 2015, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam's busy Schiphol airport announced Friday it was cutting airport fees by more than 11 percent next year, boosted by a rise in passengers and earlier cost-cutting measures.

Schiphol "will decrease its airport fees substantially for the second consecutive year," Europe's fifth-largest air hub said in a statement.

"After consultations with airlines, today Schiphol announces an average decrease of 11.6 percent," said the airport that handled 55 million passengers last year.

"In this way Schiphol will maintain a strong international competitive position," it added, saying it expected 2015 traffic figures to rise by between 4-5 percent.

Schiphol spokesman Lukas Burgering told AFP a drop in airport fees could mean cheaper flights for passengers.

But he cautioned Schiphol "does not regulate the fees that airlines ask travellers. If the airlines are willing to translate the decrease into their own ticket prices, that's up to them," he said.

The lower prices will go into effect on April 1 next year and will remain valid until the end of March 2017.

Schiphol however warned that it "expects to make large investments in both capacity and quality in the years to come."

"This means that airport fees will see an increase in the next years" although "Schiphol will do it gradually, aiming to maintain a competitive position."

© 2015 AFP

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