KLM sees nothing useful in the plan to build an airport at sea. That is what CEO Pieter Elbers says in an interview with De Telegraaf. He regards the plan as ‘unrealistic’ because of some practical objections.
“I don’t see how relocation of Schiphol is going to put things on the dike. With one or two runways it will be difficult to maintain our transfer network.”
Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen said this week that she will seriously study Schiphol at sea. However, Elbers sees more in improving the current Schiphol.
“Schiphol has a fantastic infrastructure with five runways, and is easily accessible by road and rail. If we are to invest a lot as a country, let’s make the current Schiphol better. Expand the terminals and rail and the North / South line I believe in practical solutions. “
Elbers sees more in the better use of the five existing airports, plus Lelystad Airport. “A concept of at sea, apart from operational problems such as salt water, wind, birds and windmills, still faces many practical challenges. It is good that they are being looked at seriously, but for the time being I see many practical objections “