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Dutch to Cut Amsterdam Airport’s Capacity Over Noise Pollution

Air France-KLM aircraft on the tarmac at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Air France-KLM aircraft on the tarmac at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The Netherlands is planning to cut Schiphol airport’s capacity by about 20% next year to reduce noise pollution, a move the global airline lobby described as a “shocking blow” to aviation, jobs and the economy.

The Dutch government said it will introduce a maximum limit of 440,000 flights at the Amsterdam hub in November 2023, meaning it will no longer exceed enforcement measures regarding noise, according to a statement Friday.