A large majority of the Lower House wants fewer night flights to and from Schiphol airport. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure and Water Management) promised to investigate the possibilities during a debate on aviation on Thursday.
Some parties, such as GroenLinks and Party for the Animals, want a total ban on night flights. D66 is for a "big reduction" and the CDA finds it there
"more critical" the night flights should be looked at.
The SP is for a gradual ban that should not lose sight of employment.
Between 11 p.m. and 7 p.m. every year, around 32,000 flights take place. Often it concerns vacation and cargo flights. According to Jan Paternotte (D66), Schiphol is totally out of step compared to other European airports. The minister wants to learn from regimes abroad, so that "the optimum mix" can be chosen.
Van Nieuwenhuizen wants to prevent the problems from moving to the edges of the night. She also wants to look at the economic consequences of limiting the number of night flights. KLM announced last autumn that it was not in favor of fewer flights at night.
Minister is working on a new vision for 2020-2050
Last week the minister received advice from the independent Council for the Environment and Infrastructure (Rli) to reduce the number of night flights. The number of night flights can be limited by making those flights "substantially" more expensive or by no longer allowing certain flights, says the Rli.
Up to and including 2020, the number of flights for Schiphol has been set. For the period thereafter, until 2050, the minister is working on a new vision. The adjustment and introduction will take time, she told the MPs. It therefore foresees an "interim period of several years" for after 2020. The cabinet is in favor of "growth with nuisance limitation".