777KLM From China, joined Apr 2005, 530 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2360 times:
Israeli carrier EL AL says it is considering to leave Schiphol Airport (AMS). The airline wants to move their cargo operations to Luik/Liege, Belgium (LGG) due to operational costs. The Belgian airport is already being used for the EL AL Cargo nightflights.
El Al Cargo uses Schiphol Airport for 56 years now, so it would be a sad loss for AMS...
AMS raised the landing fees last year for old and noisy a/c and the EL AL Cargo fleet has an age between 25 and 30 years.
It's sad to see an airline leave, which used AMS for decades. EL AL Cargo does have a certain history at AMS... I'll miss them!
Frigatebird From Netherlands, joined Jun 2008, 1610 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2250 times:
Quoting 777KLM (Thread starter): AMS raised the landing fees last year for old and noisy a/c and the EL AL Cargo fleet has an age between 25 and 30 years.
The point of raising the landing fees was to persuade airlines with these noisy airplanes to either invest in a more modern fleet, or leave... El Al could of course buy 777F or 748F, or, if that's too much money (and I believe they are not exactly rich) go for 744BCF.
I live quite near AMS, and sometimes a 742F flies pretty low over my house. I find it a fabulous sight, but at the same time I think "Uh oh, there are gonna be people on the phone, calling the complaint hotline". So, not everyone will be sad to see them leave.... And to be honest, if we get a 777F or even an 748F back instead, I won´t complain either