Ideally the IPO would take place next year, the ministry has told parliament.
Since then a ministry investigation has shown that an IPO, rather than privately selling shares in the airport, would be the best option, the ministry said. This allows the government to maintain control and gives the company the ability to raise future capital.
Schiphol's management has traditionally supported a stock listing as a means for financing expansion.
From a financial perspective, the private sale of shares may raise more, but could also heavily indebted Schiphol, the ministry said. Meanwhile, other publicly listed airports are trading at historical highs, showing an IPO could also generate significant proceeds.
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