April Jurisdictional Update, Netherlands
Increase in Air Traffic
In the Netherlands, more and more flights are resuming after COVID restrictions have been eased. The biggest challenges now are airport staffing and capacity, as the carriers ramp up their abilities. A year ago, it was confirmed that Dutch airports require a new specific environmental license that deals with the levels of nitrogen created by departing and arriving aircraft. It is expected that the environmental license will introduce a separate flight capacity limitation. There are concerns that such limitations could end up reducing existing flight capacity. Since most airport slots are held on the basis of historic rights in the Netherlands, a reduction of airport capacity would imply that even historic slots at Schiphol airport could be in jeopardy.