Regionale luchthavens in Nederland
(Regional Airports in the Netherlands)

Een raamwerk voor het bepalen van het maatschappelijk belang van regionale luchthavens in Nederland (A Framework to Determine the Added Value of the Regional Airports in the Netherlands)

by Bouke Veldman, Irma Graafland-Essers, Abigail Lierens, Maarten van de Voort

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This report describes the added value of the regional airports in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has six regional airports: Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Maastricht, Groningen, Ensched,e and Lelystad. The government is involved in the regional airports in different ways. Until recently, it subsidized the financial losses of the airports. The added value of an airport can be defined as the balance between the profitability on an airport and the economic importance of its location on the one hand and environmental effects on the other hand. It can be concluded that: Rotterdam and Eindhoven have substantial positive added value; Maastricht could have a positive added value depending on the valuation of the (in)direct employment effects; Based on the evaluated aspects Groningen, Enschede and Lelystad probably have a negative added value. It must be noted that these conclusions are based on the evaluated aspects. Maastricht, Groningen, and Enschede also have a function in opening up the area, whereas Lelystad has an overflow function for Schiphol.

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