Laura van Geest
Director of CPB
“Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is an attractive but uncertain asset. It is a modern airport with an extensive network of destinations. This is important for Dutch travellers and also for the Dutch economy. The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) also expects expansion in the future as Schiphol is located in a densely populated, affluent region which will continue to experience economic growth. Increasing prosperity in other parts of the world also means that more foreigners will wish to fly to or via Schiphol. An appealing network of destinations should not be taken for granted, however. In the face of increasing competition, Schiphol will only be able to retain its position by continuing to innovate and invest, in consultation with the users, and taking the interests of local residents into account.
Significant risks to future growth include the capacity of the runway system and noise disturbance. Schiphol must continue to invest in improving take-off and landing procedures to ensure the most efficient use of the runway system and to keep disturbance levels caused by arriving and departing aircraft to a minimum. Schiphol could also encourage airlines to use quieter aircraft. This will allow Dutch travellers and the Dutch economy to continue to benefit from Schiphol’s hub function in the future.”