AMSTERDAM- A legal action is set to ensue as a group of airlines prepares to challenge a recent judgment allowing the Dutch government to slash the number of annual flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport (AMS) starting this winter.
The Dutch government was given the green light to reduce the annual flights at Schiphol to 460,000, beginning in November 2023. Further, the decision came after the Amsterdam Court of Appeal overturned a previous ruling by a lower court in the Netherlands.
Schiphol Flight Reductions Faces Legal Action by Airlines
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) confirmed that several airlines, including KLM Group, Delta Air Lines (DL), United Airlines (UA), and JetBlue (B6), along with industry associations IATA and Airlines for America (AOA), will initiate “cassation proceedings” against the Amsterdam Court of Appeal’s judgment.
“The current judgment creates uncertainty for passengers and the aviation sector,” said a joint statement by the airlines and aviation associations.
They argue that the primary concerns are the lack of clarity in implementing the experimental scheme. Further, its enforcement and potential impact on Schiphol Airport’s aircraft movements.
Conflict with Regulations and Quest for Clarity
The airlines and associations further point out that the judgment appears to conflict with national, European, and international regulations. Therefore they believe that obtaining clarity is in all parties best interests.
The legal proceedings come as a response to the controversial decision. Further, the airlines and industry groups aim to challenge the ruling in pursuit of a resolution ensuring stable and predictable operations at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
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