Operation of the airport


In its legislative capacity, the government (State of the Netherlands) is responsible for the legislation governing the operation of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is provided for indefinitely in law in Chapter 8, Part 4 of the Aviation Act and other legislation.

Sections 8.7 and 8.17 of the Aviation Act impose constraints on the development and use of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The Airport Traffic Decree lays down rules for airport use and stipulates limits for noise levels, air pollution and risks to public safety. The Airport Planning Decree defines the airport zone and the restrictions governing the use of the airport and the surrounding area. The Aviation (Supervision) Regulations define the rules concerning safety on the airport grounds. As per July 2017 the new Aviation Act became effective, which includes changes with respect to the consultation on and settlement of tariffs . This means that as per 2018 Schiphol will set the tariffs for a three-year period (2019-2021).

There are two lines of supervision on the airport operation of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

One line of supervision concerns preventing abuse, by the operator, of its position of economic strength. The body responsible for this supervision is the ACM. The supervision relates to the charges and conditions fixed by the operator pursuant to Section 8.25d of the Aviation Act to be charged to the airport users in the subsequent year.

The other line of supervision involves the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and relates to the operation of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, for which a licence has been granted pursuant to Section 8.25 of the Aviation Act. The operator reports to the minister on the operation of the airport at least once every three years, with special reference to capital expenditure that is important to the development of the airport. The ability to foster the Mainport status of the airport, to the extent that the operator is able to influence that status, is particularly dependent on the development of the airport infrastructure in the medium and long term.

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