Transavia Could Leave Amsterdam Schiphol

Daniel Fowkes
21 Apr 2024
· Airlines 
· Airport 
A Transavia Airbus A320neo registered as F-GNEO

Tranasvia, a leading European airline and part of Air France-KLM, has become the newest airline to respond to the ongoing Amsterdam Schiphol night closure discussion.

The airline’s CEO, Marcel de Nooijer, outlined his concerns about the plans to close Schiphol overnight and what that would mean for the airline moving forward.

Such a closure would impact the airline’s ability to offer the schedule it would like, and as a result, the company says it may very well exit the Dutch market altogether in response.

Transavia isn’t the only company to express frustration and concerns over the proposed ban on flights during the night; however, it’s the latest to say it may very well be forced to leave the market as a result.

Amsterdam Schiphol’s proposed ban on night flights would prohibit departures between 0000 and 0600, which for most airlines wouldn’t change much. However, for an airline like Transavia, a significant portion of their slots in the location are during this period.

The airport has been under fire for several key decisions made in recent months and years to, as the airport says, improve the quality of life for those living around the airport. Whether this comes in the form of restrictions for flying overnight or the restriction of slots that was set to impact many airlines, these decisions have led to the headlines.

If Transavia were to leave the Amsterdam market and, therefore, the broader Netherlands, there would be significant ramifications due to the complexities involved in moving these operations, which have been important to the company’s recent success.

Transavia hasn’t been quiet about its disapproval of the prospective changes and their implications. While the focus of the airport and government is to lower noise and improve quality of life, airlines argue that these moves will have more negative ramifications than good.

These concerns include raised airfares and increased difficulty reaching the location thanks to the reduction of flights offered. Flights operating overnight are far from ideal for most, and that’s where Transavia has garnered a lot of benefits. These slots are cheaper, and a company such as this is able to ensure its costs are kept relatively low.

Additionally, airlines such as Transavia highlight the recent implementation of next-generation aircraft, which have been purposefully built to be quieter than older-generation airborne aircraft. Therefore, these airlines are left confused about the decisions being implemented.

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