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Schiphol’s New Restrictions on Private Jet Flights: What You Need to Know

Fewer flights and private jets at Schiphol in Summer 2024.

Changes in Schiphol’s Flight Capacities 

Effective from the 31st of March, 2024, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport will reduce its capacity for private jets. This limit is included in the latest capacity declaration. The declaration defines the flight capacity at Schiphol for the summer season of 2024. Furthermore, in line with the Dutch government’s experimental scheme, the number of approved flights at the airport will be cutback. 

Schiphol announces new restrictions on private jets.

Schiphol will set a cap of 280,645 flights in 2024’s summer season, from the 31 March to the 26 October. This is a reduction of approximately 12,400 flights when compared to the summer of this year, 2023. Driving the reduction is Schiphol’s consideration of the ceiling of 460,000 flights across the full operational year. This flight threshold is set in the government’s experimental scheme

Reduction of Private Flights 

In keeping with the experimental scheme, the share of ‘small business traffic’, which includes the quota of private flights, is reduced by around 40%. Consequently, the yearly limit for private flights stands at 12,000, with more than 7,200 permitted during summer. By comparison, the previous cap was at 17,000 flights. These changes align with Schiphol’s plan to ultimately enforce an absolute prohibition on private flights to and from the airport. This decree was detailed in the 8-point plan that Schiphol published in April. Besides reducing and ultimately prohibiting private jet flights, Schiphol will introduce a night curfew and prevent the entry of the noisiest aircraft types. 

Restriction of Noisier Aircraft 

As part of its efforts to reduce noise pollution, Schiphol prioritizes prohibition of loud aircraft. The 2024 summer season’s capacity declaration maintains a ban on 87 aircraft types that are no longer welcome at Schiphol because of their noise levels. These aircraft, though absent from Schiphol’s airspace for a while, are prevented from making a reappearance by the ban. 

Complementing the aircraft ban, Schiphol takes strides towards promoting quieter aircraft, via a restructured airport charges framework. The new structure financially discourages airlines from using the loudest and most polluting planes. The airport charges five times more for their operation compared to the quieter and cleaner aircraft.

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