Cabinet postpones decision to open Lelystad Airport to passenger flights until 2024, insiders confirm after reporting by RTL News† Earlier, the cabinet announced that it would make a decision this year.
The sources did not specify why the decision is being brought forward. It is clear that Lelystad Airport is having difficulty obtaining a nature permit. A request was rejected because the airport’s nitrogen calculations were incorrect.
On Friday, the Council of Ministers will also consider plans to limit the annual number of flights from Schiphol. Schiphol is now allowed to operate 500,000 flights a year, but last week it was announced that this number would be reduced from 50,000 to 60,000.
Schiphol declined to comment on Thursday. According to a spokesperson, the airport will not provide an answer until Friday afternoon after the Council of Ministers, because the official decision should be made then.
Apart from that, Schiphol is struggling with a severe staff shortage. As a result, various airlines have to adjust their flight schedules for this summer.