The economic development of Mainport Amsterdam-Schiphol is of vital importance to the Netherlands. To retain public support for the selective growth of the Mainport, Lelystad Airport is required to undergo phased development in order to provide alternative capacity for non-Mainport related air traffic. Lelystad Airport will be operational in 2019.

Lelystad Airport has been given the go-ahead to develop into an airport with a maximum of 45,000 air transport movements per year. This decision by State Secretary Mansveld was published in the Dutch Bulletin of Acts, Orders and Decrees of March 31st, 2015. It will allow more scope for transfer traffic at Schiphol, which is very important for the Mainport.

The airport decree for Lelystad Airport marks an important step in the growth of Mainport Schiphol. This development will allow Schiphol to remain a competitive international Mainport in a competitive region. By offering financial incentives and appropriate facilities coupled with low airport charges, it is anticipated that Lelystad Airport will provide an attractive alternative for airlines' holiday flights.

In addition the airport aims to provide sufficient space for other aviation activities and to evolve into a regional centre for business aviation, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activities, pilot and other training programmes and recreational aviation. Lelystad Airport will contribute to generating employment, enhancing the business climate and bolstering the economic strength of the region.

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