Lelystad Airport gets nod from Dutch Council of State for expansion

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Jan 20, 2017: The Dutch Council of State has approved expansion plans forLelystad Airport. On January 19, the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.

The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.

To maintain and strengthen Mainport Schiphol’s economic function, an agreement has been reached to allow Schiphol to grow on a selective basis. Lelystad Airport will support growth at Schiphol by serving as an alternative for non-Mainport-related traffic.

Lelystad Airport will be developed in phases to accommodate flights mainly to European cities and regions, tourist destinations, in particular. Lelystad has permission to grow to 45,000 aircraft movements per year. Schiphol wants guarantees that at least 4,000 aircraft movements per year will be possible.

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