The Dutch government’s impending capacity restrictions at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport will have far-reaching implications for airlines beyond the upcoming 2024 summer season, with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines being the most affected. Air Serbia and Croatia Airlines, which maintain regular flights to Dutch cities, are not at risk of being denied the right to continue operating, as they both have so-called “historic slot rights” However, airlines that have historically served the airport are entitled to 3.1. % fewer slots than before. Schiphol Airport will reduce the number of flights allowed to its current annual limit of 500,000 flights from March 31, 2024, when the Dutch government’s much-criticized experimental plan to reduce noise pollution and carbon dioxide emissions comes into effect. The number of flights will be reduced from 460,000 to 460,000.
Transavia, which maintains flights between Amsterdam and Ljubljana, is considering transferring capacity to other Dutch airports such as Rotterdam and Eindhoven. The low-cost airline, which also strongly opposes the Dutch government’s capacity cuts, hopes the plan will be struck down by the courts or the European Commission, but until either of those things happens, the airline will Preparations have begun for the difficult summer of 2024. season.