Amsterdam and NY airports to join forces

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Air transport enterprise Schiphol Group and the New York and New Jersey Port Authority - owner of New York airport JFK - on Tuesday signed an agreement to intensify their collaboration.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and JFK want to become sister airports. Their close collaboration will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experience in a large number of fields, including security. In the Netherlands, the system for quick border crossing via iris scans is known as Privium.

Since 2010, Schiphol Group has been the sole owner of JFK IAT, the operator of JFK’s Terminal 4. A drastic reconstruction of the terminal was undertaken that same year, and is now half-way. , says Mr Nijhuis. The project is to make long queues of people waiting to pass customs a thing of the past.

The project involves a total investment of 1.2 billion US dollars. The first 800 million of which was raised through a bond loan issued in December. It is usual in the US for aviation companies to operate their own terminals. Schiphol Group is the first foreign operator of a US airport facility.

The project is estimated to generate more than 10,000 jobs and one billion dollars in additional economic activities. Delta Airlines, partner of Air France-KLM in the SkyTeam alliance, will become Schiphol Group’s main client at Terminal 4. The company also has an 8-percent stake in Aeroports de Paris, the operational hub of Air France, which puts the airport in a perfect position to profit from its close alliance with former national airline KLM. Mr Nijhuis says.

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