Five airlines are suing the Netherlands for restricting flights at Schiphol, near Amsterdam, to reduce CO2 emissions.
KLM Group, Delta, Corendon, easyJet and Tui have joined forces to file a lawsuit against the Dutch government “in an effort to keep the Netherlands connected to the rest of the world via Schiphol,” KLM said in a statement. .
The group called the Dutch government’s “unilateral and sudden” decision to reduce Schiphol’s capacity from 500,000 to 460,000 annual flight movements “incomprehensible”.
Airlines had already “invested billions of euros” towards decarbonisation, it said, adding that the government’s justification failed to consider “alternative workable solutions to reduce noise pollution”.
The KLM Group, which includes KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Martinair and Transavia, accounts for almost 60% of traffic at Schiphol.
Peter Carter, Delta’s executive vice president, said: “We strongly oppose capacity reductions at Schiphol Airport and remain actively focused on investing in our fleet renewal and modernization program as the most effective way to reduce noise and environmental issues.”
The International Air Transport Association, which represents airlines worldwide, also joins the cause.