Deliberating on the expansion of Amsterdam’s Schipol airport

In 2006 the Netherlands national government published a white paper setting out plans for the expansion of Schiphol airport. This quickly came under heavy criticism from local and regional voices who were opposed to the growth of the airport. So in 2008 a permanent consultative body known as the Alders Table was created, with the aim of advising government on how to achieve a balance between the growth of Schiphol, disturbance limitation and the quality of the living environment. It brings together local residents, unions, government officials and the aviation industry. The recommendations produced by the body have largely been adopted by government, including capping the number of flights per year and limiting night-time activity. In 2008, the Alders Table recommended that Schiphol be allowed to expand, but did not provoke the unhappy response of two years previously.