IATA, KLM Warn of Dire Repercussions of AMS Flight Restrictions

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expressing “shock” at the Government of Netherlands’s decision to cap the number of annual flights at AMS to 440,000. That’s a 20 per cent cut to the airport’s “potential cap.” In a statement, IATA Director General Willie Walsh said the move, set to take effect in NOV 2022, is a “shocking blow” to the country’s aviation, jobs, and the overall economy. “This crazy decision to cut the airport off at its knees will achieve none of the stated environmental aims, but it will cause irreparable harm,” Walsh added.

The Netherlands’ flag carrier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, added that the cuts will have “dramatic consequences” for the airline and for air accessibility in the country. According to KLM, the decision was made “without prior deliberation and proper argumentation” and the carrier has yet to receive written notification or clear plans regarding the cuts.

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