Lelystad Airport gets green light to continue building new airport

Schiphol Group received news of the decision by the Dutch Council of State’s Administrative Jurisdiction Division declaring appeals brought by two local residents and the Netherlands Association for the Protection of Birds (Vogelbescherming Nederland) inadmissible/unfounded. Schiphol Group welcomes this decision, which affords clarity regarding the further development of Lelystad Airport as the country’s holiday airport and will allow the building works, which had already commenced and comprise the construction of runways, taxiways, aircraft stands and parking spaces, to continue as planned. This is great news for the Dutch aviation industry.

To maintain and strengthen Mainport Schiphol’s economic function, agreement has been reached to allow Schiphol to grow on a selective basis. Lelystad Airport will support growth at Schiphol by serving as an alternative for non-Mainport-related traffic. Lelystad Airport is being developed in phases to accommodate flights mainly to European cities and regions, particularly tourist destinations. Lelystad has permission to grow to 45,000 aircraft movements per year. Schiphol wants guarantees that at least 4,000 aircraft movements per year will be possible from that date forward.