Boeing 747-400 aircraft operated by the German airline are permitted to remain in Twente until June 2022. The airport imposed this in court.
Three Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 aircraft still parked at the tiny Dutch airport in Twente. The parking contract between the airport and the airline will run until June 2022. Netherlands Transport Authority However, ILT has insisted on leaving by the end of June 2021 at the latest. Then the special permit granted by the authority to the airport to start operating jumbo jets will expire.
A court in Zwolle has now found the airport to be right, RTV Ost reported on Friday (April 23). The judge said that security would not be in danger if the planes disappeared from Twente later in June 2021. As long as there is an exception, certain rules are also imposed on the airport.
Financially important to the airport
Before planes can take off, the airport still has to make adjustments to the infrastructure – that is the case now and also if jumbo jets are allowed to remain until 2022. According to its own information, the airport is already working on that.
The judge also indicated that the airport would suffer significant financial damage if Lufthansa was forced to withdraw aircraft earlier. The airport feared losing around 800,000 euros, for example through the lack of parking fees and contractual penalties.