The cargo slots issue at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is gaining prominence among politicians. Convincing them of the need for a well-defined approach is yet another matter, says Managing Director, Maarten van As of Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN).
The fact that the issue has caught the attention of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer), is due to intensive lobbying by ACN, says Mr van As. “You will remember that Mark Harbers, the minister for Infrastructure and Water Management, has decreed to cut the present 500,000 movements a year cap at Schiphol to 440,000 by the end of 2023, without any concertation with the airline industry. Firstly, we do not agree with this shrinkage proposal. Secondly, our reaction to this was that this is to be accompanied by a specific ruling on slot reservations for full freighters.”