Maastricht Aachen Airport is joining Royal Schiphol Group in a strategic move that will see both parties invest in future-proofing the Limburg airport.
Royal Schiphol Group has finalised a €4.2m deal to purchase a 40% stake in Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST), becoming the second shareholder in the airport alongside the Dutch province of Limburg.
Freight is vital to our national economy, so this is a key moment not only for the Dutch cargo community, but also the Netherlands at large
“Maastricht Aachen Airport is the second largest cargo airport in the Netherlands and makes a significant economic contribution to the country,” said Joost van Doesburg, head of cargo at Schiphol Airport.
“Both Schiphol and MST recognise the importance of cargo, valuable freighter slots and good connectivity with the rest of the world. This collaboration will add value for our cargo partners at both airports, as we strive towards innovation, efficiency and sustainability.”
The joining of forces will see the hubs share market intelligence and freight data as the teams develop innovations in cargo transport and handling, with Maastricht offering an ideal testing ground for key priorities such as sustainable aviation.
“Partnering with Schiphol will boost market confidence, and the benefits will be passed on to our cargo customers through our improved speed, and capacity,” said Jos Roeven, CEO of MST.
“Freight is vital to our national economy, so this is a key moment not only for the Dutch cargo community, but also the Netherlands at large.”
In addition to collaborating on product development, the Dutch airports will also share resources in the areas of strategy, real estate, commerce, and maintenance.
The signing of the deal follows Maastricht Aachen Airport’s recent announcement of plans to grow its freighter capacity by extending the operational length of its upgraded runway to 2,750m by 2025.
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