Schiphol, Maastricht Aachen Airport form strategic partnership
Schiphol to acquire 40 percent interest in MAA for €4.2 million ($4.1 million).
Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA) and Royal Schiphol Group have reached an in-principle agreement to start a strategic partnership.
"Schiphol will acquire a 40 percent interest in MAA for €4.2 million ($4.1 million). As a result of this agreement, the parties will invest in the future of MAA together. This far-reaching cooperation is in line with the government's aviation policy, requests from Parliament (Tweede Kamer) and the amendment of the Provincial Council of Limburg," says a release from Schiphol.
Electric flying will be one of the main priorities, the release added." An environmental fund will be created with contributions from governments and companies. Royal Schiphol Group will also contribute €800,000 ($776,000) to the fund. In addition, the parties are committing to a far-reaching exchange of knowledge in the areas of real estate and commerce."
Robert Carsouw, CFO, Royal Schiphol Group says: "Our contribution to society is to connect the Netherlands with the rest of the world. Regional airports are an important element in this strategy. The idea that airports in the Netherlands form a single system, as expressed in the Dutch aviation policy, is very appealing to us. By collaborating intensively and investing in Maastricht Aachen Airport, we can share knowledge and expertise and make optimal use of the scarce capacity available in the Netherlands."
Jos Roeven, CEO, MAA, adds: "We are very pleased that in Schiphol we have found the right strategic partner to invest in our ambition to make MAA an innovative and sustainable airport that is well embedded in its region."
MAA is the second largest cargo airport in the Netherlands. In 2021, almost 13,000 flight movements took place at MAA of which more than 5,500 were 'large traffic', the release added.