Ryanair has been awarded a number of slots at Amsterdam Schiphol and is expected to announce a series of routes starting in a couple of months’ time.
The decision to award the slots to Ryanair has been heavily criticised by the CEO of KLM.
Quoted in the Dutch newspaper telegraaf.nl the CEO says that the awarding of slots to Ryanair is taking away valuable resources from Schiphol and threatens the integrity of the airport’s global hub status.
KLM is unhappy because it is mainly a transfer airline (it takes passengers via rather than to or from Amsterdam) and so does not welcome point-to-point rivals who do not interline.
Many years back, readers may remember the time when KLM tried, without success, to stop Easyjet from setting up a Schiphol hub.
News item from telegraaf.nl in Dutch language.