The travel hub is the main international airport of the Netherlands and serves as a hub welcomed more than five million passengers in 2022 but announced that charges will increase by 14.8 per cent in 2024, higher than the 12 per cent rise that was previously anticipated.
Schiphol CFO Robert Carsouw said in a statement: “We've notified the airlines and understand that they're not very pleased. At the same time, it's necessary for the quality at Schiphol and for our financial position. It's also how the legislation works. In good years we are not allowed to profit from airport charges and so in bad years we cannot afford any losses.”
The airport - which did acknowledge that the charges paid to them by airlines are "strictly regulated by legislation" and cover costs such as runway maintenance, security and cleaning.
The CFO added: "Simply put, Schiphol is not permitted to make any profit from airport charges. If what Schiphol earns in airport charges exceeds the costs incurred from facilitating the airlines, the additional revenue is 'given back' to the airlines