Schiphol seems to hit the headlines more often than rival airports, and not in a good way: the latest bombshell is that it is being sued by IATA over its new ‘policy rule’ for slot allocation.

Netherlands slot coordinator ACNL has decided on various new priorities for slot allocation for summer 2022, including a list of ‘priority destinations’.

However, IATA argues that it contravenes European legislation and was improperly implemented, resulting in “egregious impacts”.

“Allowing airports to decide priority for slots, by destinations set by themselves for airlines to serve, makes no commercial sense,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s deputy director general.

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