Air freight must be made an exception to plans by the Dutch government to cut the maximum number of flights permitted at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from 500,000 to 440,000 a year.

Dutch shippers’ council evofenedex has warned that otherwise, the cut, scheduled to begin 1 November next year, will result in a further reduction in available capacity.

Claimed to be a first for airports in terms of putting the climate before economic growth, the reduction in flights at Schiphol was announced in June and would represents an 11% decrease compared with pre-pandemic numbers.

It is designed to achieve “a new balance between the economic importance of the airport and the importance of a good quality of life for people living in the area”, a government spokesperson told The Loadstar.

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