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Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Set to Ban Private Jets by 2025

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport Set to Ban Private Jets by 2025

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has announced plans to ban business aircraft by 2025 as part of a wider strategy to reduce noise and CO2 emissions in the Netherlands.

The airport’s decision came as European countries and business aviation companies strive to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability, which is in line with the Paris climate agreement.

The airport, known as one of the busiest international airports in the world measured by passenger traffic, hopes to implement the ban on private jets and small business aircraft due to their “disproportionate amount of noise nuisance and CO2 emissions per passenger.”

The impending ban has seen mixed reactions, with some applauding the airport’s efforts to reduce emissions, while others expressed concern about the impact on the business aviation industry.

“I realize that our choices may have significant implications for the aviation industry, but they are necessary,” said Ruud Sondag, CEO, Royal Schiphol Group.

On top of this, the airport has also proposed a reduction in nighttime air traffic to create a “quieter, cleaner and better” system, with no aircraft landing allowed between midnight and 5 a.m. local time or taking off between midnight and 6 a.m. local time. The airport has also scrapped plans for a new runway.

“Schiphol connects the Netherlands with the rest of the world. We want to keep doing that, but we must do it better. The only way forward is to become quieter and cleaner more rapidly. We have thought about growth but too little about its impact for too long. We need to be sustainable for our employees, the local environment and the world,” Sondag said.

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