Maastricht Aachen Airport starts runway renovations to support cargo flow

Photo: Maastricht Aachen Airport

Maastricht Aachen Airport has started renovation work on its runway as part of an infrastructure investment plan of up to €100m over the next few years.

The Dutch airport is investing €35.3m in its runway upgrade between May and June in anticipation of a project to extend its operational length to 2,750 m by January 2025.

“Maastricht has much to offer the Dutch air cargo community, with no slot restrictions or congestion at the airport and now a significant infrastructure investment program,” said Jos Roeven, chief executive.

“We are CEIV-Pharma certified and the preferred station for flower imports into the Netherlands, as well as specialising in handling dangerous goods and e-commerce, and we will be focusing on further developing our facilities with this investment. 

“There is a fantastic opportunity in the current market for regional airports to step up for the cargo industry and help drive a more sustainable future for freight, whilst at the same time creating job opportunities for our local communities.”

Maastricht Aachen Airport is the second-largest cargo hub in the Netherlands.

It is already the European base for Turkish Cargo and Royal Jordanian, and an online station for Emirates, Qatar, and Saudia.

The airport is free of slot restrictions, offers full Fifth Freedom of The Air rights, and has its own maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities.

Last year, Royal Schiphol Group acquired a 40% stake in Maastricht Aachen Airport for €4.2m.

Schiphol takes stake in Maastricht Aachen Airport

 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]