Minister wants cheaper Schiphol air tickets

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Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings is pushing for air travel tickets in the Netherlands to be made cheaper.

THE HAGUE—He is worried by the dramatic fall in the number of passengers using Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. The reduction in air passengers at Schiphol is far larger than that at airports in neighbouring countries. Many Dutch residents now make use of airports just over the border in Belgium and Germany.

Eurlings says its many extra charges now make Schiphol the European Union's most expensive airport. He has undertaken to join with other ministers to see how the costs can be reduced. He is not ruling out a change to the tax on air travel, known as the flight tax, which was designed to reduce environmental pollution and introduced on 1 July.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Wolfhoundcop posted:

    on 6th February 2009, 11:21:46 - Reply

    Oh so Dutch. Hit them in the pocketbook and watch the panic. It's pretty sad when the tax on a normal ticket exceeds the cost of the ticket. I think the tax was really used to build the new runway, but I could be wrong
  • kmalone posted:

    on 6th February 2009, 10:16:40 - Reply

    It sounds like they need to decide what they actually want to accomplish here. Granted, the continueing economic downturn may send environmental issues to the backburner, but taxing Schipol flights to reduce environmental impact was successful. Now they must deal with the obvious consequence of less usage through this airport.
  • Bruce Holloway posted:

    on 6th February 2009, 10:10:27 - Reply

    The flight tax was introduced under the 'climate change' mantra, and it appears to have been very successful in reducing the number of passengers travelling by air. So successful, in fact, that the people who introduced it may now scrap it because of the rapidly falling passenger numbers using Schiphol. My sides are almost splitting with laughter!!!