Royal Schiphol Group CEO ‘disappointed’ at decision to postpone Lelystad Airport opening

    Royal Schiphol Group president and CEO Jos Nijhuis said (21-Feb-2018) he is “disappointed” at Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management’s decision to postpone opening of Lelystad Airport. Expansion of Lelystad Airport was the solution to growth in Dutch air traffic, Mr Nijhuis continued. “Aviation in the Netherlands now has to wait longer for the implementation of a political and social decision taken 10 years ago” Mr Nijhuis argued. As previously reported by CAPA, Lelystad Airport expansion is expected to free up aircraft movement capacity for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. [more – original PR – Dutch]. Netherlands‘ Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management announced (21-Feb-2018) the postponement regular commercial services at Lelystad Airport, previously scheduled to open on 01-Apr-2019, instead opting for a “realistic” start from 2020. The postponement allows for more time for improved consultation with residents, administrators, entrepreneurs and airspace users, according to Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen. [more – original PR – Dutch]