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November 1, 2021

Schiphol announces rise in airport charges as an incentive for use of SAF

Schiphol airport will implement the levies in three phases between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2025.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has unveiled plans for a 37% cumulative increase in airport charges, largely in an effort to recover from pandemic-induced losses.

The new charges on airlines are also being angled as a move to support sustainable aviation.

As part of its plan, the airport aims to support airline companies using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Airlines will get $578m (€500) for every ton of biofuel and $1,157 (€1,000) for every ton of synthetic fuel during refuelling.

Schiphol further stated that airline companies operating noisy and polluting aircraft could attract levy, which could be five times more than those with less pollution and noise.

The company also plans to implement a levy on nitrogen emissions at the airport, where airline companies will be charged $4.63 (€4) for each kilo of nitrogen emitted during flight take-off and landing.

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Additionally, a higher levy is planned for conventional aircraft that take off and land at the airport during night times.

Based on the type of aircraft, the additional charge could be 600% more compared to the charge that is levied during the daytime, noted Schiphol.

The new levies will be implemented by Schiphol in three phases between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2025.

Schiphol plans to increase the levy by 9% next year, 12% in the following year and another 12% in 2024.

This will lead to a cumulative rise of 37% as against the original proposal of 42%.

Schiphol CFO Robert Carsouw said: “Our charges encourage sustainable aviation and are competitive.

“We understand that an increase is difficult at this time. The airlines, like us, are going through an incredibly difficult time as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. We are having to pull out all the stops. The new charges mean that the costs are being divided, limiting the settlement over the next three years.

“These charges are the result of careful consultation with the airlines, in which we kept the balance between our competitive position, sustainability and everyone’s financial position in mind.”

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