Schiphol giving bonuses to airlines

30th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Airlines who increase their usage of Amsterdam's Schiphol airport will be rewarded with bonuses of up to EUR 4,500 per flight.

Amsterdam - Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is giving airlines bonuses to make more use of the airport. In an interview with newspaper AD, Schiphol chief Jos Nijhuis says bonuses can reach EUR 4,500 per flight. The bonuses will go to airlines which open new, long-distance routes or increase the frequency of existing flights in Europe.

A number of airlines are currently avoiding Schiphol, which they say is expensive. Among them are Easyjet and Travellers have also been going to other airports because of high taxes, though these are set to disappear on 1 July.

Nijhuis, who replaced Gerlach Cerfontaine in October, stresses that Schiphol does not strive to become Europe's cheapest or biggest airport but its best. The airport therefore wants to focus on customer services, baggage handling and fast stopovers.

The Schiphol boss acknowledged that the airport has been seeing fewer passengers as a result of the global economic crisis. Last year the airport registered 428,000 flights. He expects the airport will not reach its target of 580,000 annual flights before 2025.

But Nijhuis stressed that the airport keeps investing. Robots are increasingly replacing people to handle luggage. The airport is also studying plans to add a new runway and several piers.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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