“The failures are terrible, the performance is lousy and at the same time they want to increase rates. It’s absolutely pathetic, completely unacceptable,” said Willie Walsh.
The director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Willie Walsh, lashed out at the recent rise in landing fees at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport, in the dutch capitalwhich he described as the “worst airport in the world”, collects Bloomberg.
“The glitches are terrible, the performance is lousy and at the same time they want to raise the rates,” the senior official told the IATA annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey this week. “It’s absolutely pathetic, completely unacceptable,” he added.
The airlines have faced to a 12% increase in rates from April 1, announced by the main airport in the Netherlands until complaints are filed with the Dutch authorities.
“I used to consider Heathrow [Londres, Reino Unido] the worst airport in the world Now it’s Schiphol,” Walsh said. “Schiphol was a fantastic airport, loved by airlines and passengers, but its star has faded. It’s sad to see it,” he lamented.
This year, Amsterdam airport fell 14 places in the world’s top 100 ranking, from 15th in 2022 to 29th.
Schiphol spokesman Willemeike Koster, for his part, said the airport lost 1.6 billion euros (more than $1.7 billion) in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic, while maintaining the lowest fares among major international airports in Europe, even after this year’s increase.