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Category Name: Downsizing

Support for airlines is bottomless pit

The Dutch government recently presented a new Aviation Bill. It led to massive criticism because it is entirely based on growth without asking how much aviation does the Netherlands actually need. So we present an alternative vision that will not destroy the economy, but that benefits everyone.

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Video: The Elephant in the Room

Dutch citizens have made a video about aviation policy in the Netherlands. The government is ignoring the public interests of residents living near Schiphol with regard to liveability, health, safety and climate. The policy is always aimed at the growth of the private airline company KLM. Schiphol is primarily a transfer airport.

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Schiphol/KLM: smart international transport needed

The Dutch government wants to prevent home carrier KLM from going down due to the corona crisis. The transfer network at Schiphol must be saved in order to keep essential economic centers in the world accessible to top sectors in the Netherlands. At the same time, the Cabinet believes that sustainability and the environment must […]

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Court: 3rd runway at Heathrow is illegal

Big news. The Court of Appeal – the second highest court in the land – ruled that, as it stands, Government policy on the proposed 3rd runway at Heathrow is illegal. This is because when drawing up the National Policy Statement on Airports, which is the official document used to give Heathrow permission to draw […]

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Schiphol serves the public interest by de-hubbing

On 26 November, we, a delegation of Amsterdam citizens groups presented their research report Aviation out of balance to the Commission of Infrastructure and Water Management of the House of Representatives in a petition. The conclusion of the study is that Schiphol serves the public interest by de-hubbing the airport. This improves the quality of […]

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Action ‘Germany grounded’

On November 11, the day of the celebration of the 300th Monday event in Frankfurt Terminal I, also the action Germany grounded will start. This aims to stop domestic flights, to begin in Germany, in the week from 10 to 16 February 2020. UECNA hopes other countries will follow!

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UK committee: aviation growth needs to almost halve

The Committee on Climate Change(CCC), the Government’s official advisers, has said in a report out today that growth at UK airports needs to be almost half the predicted levels if aviation is to meet the government’s target of aviation being net-zero carbon by 2050. The CCC, chaired by former Conservation minister Lord Deben, said, “In […]

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‘Climate-damaging air traffic steals its responsibility’

The environmental associations German Federal Agency for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), the German Transport Association (VCD) and the German Association for the Protection of the Environment (DNR) have welcomed the proposal of Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze to raise the aviation tax as an urgently overdue step. ‘The particularly climate-damaging air traffic should […]

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Plans Schiphol for 40,000 extra flights: angry reaction

After 2020, the Dutch government has allowed Schiphol to grow to a maximum of 540 thousand flight movements per year. Growth is only permitted if the aviation sector can demonstrate that the nuisance to the immediate environment is reduced, for example due to quieter and cleaner aircraft. Citizen’s organisations think minister Van Nieuwenhuizen’s proposal to […]

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