KLM, a Dutch airline, has filed an appeal against a ruling allowing a price rise at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS).
Over the three years from 2022 to 2024, the airport operator has chosen to raise its rates by 9%, 12%, and 12%, respectively, for a total increase of 37%.
On November 25, 2021, KLM filed a complaint with the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) over the airport’s decision. The ACM, however, rejected KLM and subsidiary airlines KLM Cityhopper, Transavia, Martinair, and Air France’s complaint on March 24, 2022.
“KLM is extremely disappointed that the ACM has chosen to disregard almost all of the airlines’ objections and has missed an opportunity to further supplement the reasonableness of the Aviation Act, which could have resulted in a proportionate distribution of the pain of the COVID crisis,” the airline said in a statement on April 21, 2022.
The airport’s “high prices,” according to KLM, shift the commercial risks that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic period to airlines.
“There is no alternative airport infrastructure of this scale in the Netherlands. Airlines are therefore forced to purchase their services from Schiphol,” KLM said, describing Schiphol as a monopolist.
As a result, the airline stated it will appeal the ACM decision to the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (CBb).