This Wednesday morning, the court in Haarlem (Netherlands) will have to decide: does the Dutch state have the right to reduce the activity of Amsterdam airport?
To limit it to 460,000 annual flights from November 2023 and 440,000 movements in November 2024 against 500,000 today?
The story is unique: it is the first time that a country has wanted to restrict its main airport platform which connects it to the whole world.
At Orly, traffic has been very limited for thirty years.
But this ceiling has never been lowered.
It has instead been revised upwards to now reach 250,000 take-offs or landings per year.
A surprising legal battle
The case is even more pungent when you look at the list of plaintiffs who filed a complaint in the Netherlands: easyJet, Delta Airlines but above all KLM, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM.
So here is the Dutch flag carrier taking its own state to court.
Incidentally, it also attacks its shareholder: the Netherlands owns 5.9% of KLM and 9.3%…
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