JetBlue’s request towards the U.S. Department of Transportation comes following concerns JetBlue would be unable to fly out of Amsterdam Airport Schipol (AMS)
A Big Problem At Amsterdam Schipol
A restriction is coming about thanks to the proposed reduction in overall flight capacity from the Dutch Airport.
Ultimately, the Dutch government announced it would move towards capping flights at Amsterdam Schipol starting next year to reduce noise.
KLM, among many other industry leaders, strongly opposed such decisions, citing strong concerns over meeting demand and results.
Flights would be almost 10% lower than in 2019 if all this were to be formally executed. This is a significant cause for concern, thus removing most carriers’ growth plans.
KLM Unhappy With Proposed Flight Cap
While JetBlue has expressed opposition to the flight cap, KLM has also been notably vocal about the restrictions to be implemented.
The Dutch carrier says that if caps were put in place, it would be catastrophic to their business and significantly impact their ability to offer a worthwhile service.
In addition, such caps would remove their ability to meet future growth and reach new markets.
No Slots For JetBlue, Though?
While KLM expressed their frustrations, and ultimately, many would argue rightfully so, a capacity decrease for 2024 would also put other carriers at risk of losing their slots altogether.
While not revealed, JetBlue is treading very carefully and increasingly worried about its fate at the airport.
JetBlue sees removing KLM flights to New York JFK as the only means to make the landscape fairer; hence, the airline is lodging a request.