A Schiphol spokeswoman confirms that ‘rate increases are indeed being discussed at the moment’, in a response to earlier reports by the Financieele Dagblad (FD) today. “The results depend on those conversations, so we can’t say much more about it just yet.”
Rate increase 40 percent
According to the FD, Schiphol wants to increase the airport charges that airlines pay by 40 percent in steps in the coming years. With this, the airport hopes to be able to pass on part of its corona losses to its users.
Schiphol expects to lose at least 1 billion euros in revenue due to the corona crisis. The proposed rate increases should reportedly yield 380 million euros. As the largest user of the airport, KLM would pay for more than half of that amount.
Last month, Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop told RTL Z that the airport also wants extra financial support from the government to keep its head above water.
The airline interest group Barin is furious and would consider legal action, the FD reports.
The airlines find it ‘unacceptable’ that Schiphol tries to recover part of its operating losses from them. They themselves have suffered heavy losses as a result of the corona crisis and have made much less use of the airport runways in 2020 and 2021.
The spokeswoman for Schiphol was unable to respond to this this morning. Barin chairman Marnix Fruitema did not want to further explain his statements in the newspaper today. “The talks are now underway, we’ll leave it at that for the time being,” he says via an employee.