A strategic cooperation between Maastricht Aachen Airport (MAA) and Royal Schiphol Group has commenced. On June 8, 2023, the province of Limburg and Schiphol signed the cooperation agreement. Schiphol is acquiring a 40% stake in MAA and the province of Limburg is keeping a 60% stake. The parties are committed to further developing MAA into a sustainable, environment-conscious and future-proof airport for both passengers and cargo.
Schiphol and MAA are joining forces to make MAA more sustainable, with innovation and electric flight as main priorities. The collaboration will also focus on cargo handling and innovations in that area. MAA is the second and only regional cargo airport in the Netherlands and therefore makes a significant economic contribution. Both airports recognise the importance of cargo and of good connectivity with the world. With the cargo capacity at MAA and the expertise available at both airports, the cooperation offers opportunities for further development and efficiency, with added value for cargo partners at both airports. Furthermore, the airports will share knowledge of other areas, including strategy, real estate, commerce and maintenance.
In October 2022, Royal Schiphol Group, the province of Limburg and MAA reached an agreement in principle for the cooperation. In December 2022, the Provincial States of Limburg agreed to the cooperation and therefore accepted Schiphol as shareholder of MAA.
“We are pleased to officially welcome Maastricht Aachen Airport to Royal Schiphol Group. Together, we connect the Netherlands with the rest of the world and create value for society and the economy. At the same time, it must be in balance with the living environment. That is why, also in Maastricht, we are committed to sustainable aviation with less impact on the environment and our surroundings,” commented Robert Carsouw, CFO Royal Schiphol Group.