Netherlands' Schihpol Group announced (27-Oct-2010) plans to increase Amsterdam Schiphol Airport's charges by an average of 0.6% as of 01-Apr-2011. In 2009, Schiphol lowered its charges while in 2010 its charges remained unchanged. Under this rise, the airport plans to:
- Baggage system charges: The airport also plans to this year commence charging costs for the partial completion of the baggage system. These costs have been factored into the 0.6% increase in airport charges. Overall investment in the new baggage system amounts to more than EUR700 million.
- Off-peak flying incentive programme: Schiphol is also considering introducing an incentive programme for airlines, to encourage the use Schiphol during off-peak hours and add new destinations to their networks, to optimise the airport's capacity utilisation ratio.
- Adjustment to charges structure postponed: In addition to the baggage system charges, Schiphol has proposed a structural adjustment of its airport charges. The consequences of that proposal for the mainport are a source of controversy between Schiphol and a substantial number of airlines. As a result, Schiphol has decided to postpone the adjustment of the charges structure for six months, and to use the intervening period for an external study, by a team of international strategic consultants into the effects of the measure on the mainport and the network. The outcome of that study will be incorporated into the 01-Apr-2011 consultation. The overall rates per OD passenger and transfer passenger (the Passenger Service Charge and the Security Charge) will remain virtually unchanged compared with the current rates (EUR27.20 and EUR13.21 respectively as of 01-Apr-2011). [more]