3.4 – Regional Airports: Quality versus Quantity

heerkensWhat will the future bring for regional airports in the Netherlands? Heerkens emphasized that in the long run less regional airports are in use, but those that remain will be in better shape. Twente and possibly Maastricht-Aachen might outperform their competitors in the long run, so that they attract the concentration of traffic needed to prosper. But, given the Dutch national policy on regional airports, this is not likely to occur. Some years ago, the national government handed over responsibility for running regional airports to regional actors like municipalities and airport shareholders. Hence, there is no view of the national government on the desired shape of the regional airport infrastructure – at least not officially.

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