THE NETHERLANDS NEEDS SCHIPHOL
Schiphol Airport is a national asset that allows the Netherlands to punch above its weight and connects the Dutch people to the world.
Research shows that reducing flights at Schiphol could cost the economy over €13 billion and result in 13,000 people losing their jobs.
In 2021, Schiphol was the world's third-busiest airport by international passenger traffic. At its peak the airport connected almost 72 million passengers per year.
Restricting the number of flight movements at Schiphol Airport will damage the Netherlands' economy and make it harder and less affordable for Dutch families to travel.
Reducing flights at Schiphol will do nothing to reduce overall travel demand. Instead flights will simply be diverted to other European airports while emissions and overall pollution remain the same.
The caretaker Rutte cabinet has forced through a flight cap without even putting the decision to a proper vote.
The Red Schiphol campaign has commissioned research by the independent Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to assess the economic impact of reducing the number of flight movements at Schiphol Airport.
These findings show that capping flights is associated with a €13.6 billion blow to Dutch trade and tourism.
As Schiphol is responsible for over 90% of cargo coming into the Netherlands and 88% of all passengers flying into or out of the country, this revenue will essentially be lost to the Dutch economy.