Schiphol airport appeals to PM for help

22nd August 2008, Comments 0 comments

The head of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam says the company has been affected by rising fuel cost, increasingly gloomy economy and the newly-introduced flight tax.

22 August 2008

AMSTERDAM – The head of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has appealed for help from the Dutch government.

The CEO Gerlach Cerfontaine says the company is suffering from the high fuel prices, the poor economic climate and the recently-introduced flight tax.

To stress the seriousness of the situation, Cerfontaine has written to Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, asking how long the flight tax will be in force. He compares the controversial tax to a ball and chain.

Since 1 July, passengers have to pay just over additional charges of EUR 11 for European flights and EUR 45 for long-haul flights. The CEO fears the measure will damage the airport's competitive position.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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