Netherlands aims to restrict Gulf airlines

Dutch Transport Minister Wilma Jaqueline Mansveld has indicated she wants to restrict the rights of the Gulf carriers, particularly Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways.


Netherlands aims to restrict Gulf airlines


Dutch Transport Minister Wilma Jaqueline Mansveld has indicated she wants to restrict the rights of the Gulf carriers, particularly Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways. This applies to routes between their hubs Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha to Amsterdam Schiphol. “There is no need for the currently high number of flights of these companies and from Schiphol,” she explained its disposal to the local business newspaper Financieele Dagblad.

Emirates, for example, flies twice daily to Schiphol, but should be limited to only one flight per day according to Mansveld who said she will align the Netherlands’ policy with that of the other EU member states who similarly are calling for limitations to be placed on Middle East carriers. Critics of Mansveld’s stance have labeled it ‘protectionist’ and a threat to Schiphol’s key role as a cargo hub.

The European Commission is in the midst of considering complaints filed by Air France-KLM and Lufthansa, who like their US counterparts, argue the Gulf states heavily subsidise their airlines, denied by those carriers who charge US carriers were also subsidised following the 911 attacks. In Germany the Federal Government had recently rejected more landing rights for Gulf airlines.