The CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Marjan Rintel, has expressed disappointment over proposed taxes on passengers transferring at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The taxes could potentially reduce the number of passengers at the airport. Additionally, the Dutch government is planning to cut flights at Schiphol to reduce noise pollution. Rintel criticized the tax proposal, calling it “incomprehensible and very worrying.” If implemented, the tax would make the Netherlands the first country in the world to impose such taxes on transfer passengers. Independent research estimates that the tax could reduce over 30% of connecting passengers at Schiphol.
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The CEO of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has expressed disappointment and concern over proposed taxes on passengers transferring at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The taxes, if implemented, could potentially reduce the number of passengers at the airport. The Dutch government is also planning to cut flights at Schiphol in order to reduce noise pollution.
The proposed taxes were introduced as part of the Dutch House of Representatives’ climate policy. If passed into law, passengers traveling through Schiphol, including those on private jets, would be taxed. The funds generated from the taxes would be used to promote lower energy costs for Dutch residents.
KLM’s President and CEO, Marjan Rintel, criticized the proposed taxes, calling them “incomprehensible and very worrying.” The government had previously ruled against taxing connecting passengers in July, making the proposal a sudden change in policy. If implemented, the Netherlands would be the only country in the world imposing such taxes.
An independent research firm, CE Delft, estimated that the taxes would reduce more than 30% of connecting passengers at Schiphol. Rintel stated that six out of 10 of KLM’s passengers pass through the airport to connect to other destinations. This could result in passengers choosing to fly through other European airports instead, potentially impacting the connections between the Netherlands and the rest of the world.
In addition to the tax proposal, the Dutch government is also planning to cut the number of flights at Schiphol for noise pollution reasons. The reduction in flights would amount to 9.5%, aiming to bring the number of annual aircraft movements down to 452,500 from the current allowance of 500,000.
Rintel criticized the proposal, stating that it would not benefit anyone and would only cause disadvantages for KLM and the Netherlands. The CEO reassured that KLM would continue to raise awareness about the potential consequences of the tax measures in the lead-up to the elections and then to the Senate.
Overall, the proposed taxes on connecting passengers and the reduction in flights pose challenges for KLM and the accessibility of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The airline is disappointed with the proposed changes and will continue to advocate for the potential negative impacts it may have.
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