Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) announced on Tuesday that Lelystad Airport will open its gates in November 2021, again a year later. Due to the corona crisis, there is no need for an overflow airport for Schiphol for the time being, according to the VVD minister.
VVD government party, strongly in favor of the opening, understands the decision. “The new Lelystad Airport is part of Schiphol. Since we currently hardly fly from Schiphol, it is only logical to postpone the opening ”, responds MP Remco Dijkstra. “Hopefully the time will come back soon when we can book a nice holiday flight, then Lelystad will become important again.”
The management of Lelystad Airport calls on politicians to make a quick decision about the opening in November. Behind the scenes, there is a fear that the elections in March 2021 may blow a different wind in political The Hague. If the airport is to open in November, a political decision will have to be made by April 2021. The VVD does not want to anticipate decision-making yet.
Government parties D66 and ChristenUnie have been critical of the opening of Lelystad Airport for some time. “A logical decision,” responds D66 Member of Parliament Jan Paternotte to the new postponement message. He also refers to research results from RIVM, which show that the nitrogen deposition of aircraft is slightly higher than included in the calculations. The politician compliments action groups: “Residents got wrong nitrogen calculation from environmental report.”
The Christian Union is even more critical. Member of Parliament Eppo Bruins concludes that the calculations about those environmental effects are not good: “That simply means:” go back to start “.” The small government party is still struggling with the fact that independent growth – due to European rules – is possible at Lelystad Airport, while the airport has been devised to take over holiday flights from Schiphol. “That needs to be looked at again,” says Bruins.
Opposition parties GroenLinks and SP argue for cancellation. GL MP Suzanne Kröger: “All signals are red. It is unthinkable that we will open a new airport in this climate crisis. ”