Maastricht Aachen Airport launches new EUR35 million runway as it commits to a sustainable future
Beek, the Netherlands— Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST) unveiled in June its newly renovated runway allowing more flights to land and take-off in the second largest cargo hub in the Netherlands.
MST invested EUR35.3 million to upgrade the airstrip as part of a plan to extend its operational length to 2,750 meters by January 2025. The project is part of the company’s overall infrastructure development plan to invest EUR100 million in the airport over the coming years.
Sustainability was the key theme of the ceremony, with an electric plane used to officially open the runway after RWTH Aachen University professor Dr Günther Schuh delivered a speech on the future of sustainable aviation.
“Today, we are celebrating the launch of our newly improved runway and looking back over the hard work that has gone into the planning and execution of this project – but we are also looking forward,” said Jos Roeven, Chief Executive Officer, Maastricht Aachen Airport. “The decision to inaugurate the runway with an electric plane is symbolic of our commitment to ensure the sustainability of this airport for years to come.”
Cargo operations have now returned at MST, with Turkish Cargo operating five flights a week out of the hub.
Royal Jordanian and Emirates SkyCargo have also continued their operations at the airport, both running two flights each week.
The regional airport is gearing up for the summer rush as it opens its doors to passengers – Ryanair will operate 12 flights each week to six destinations, while Corendon will run 18 flights each week to seven destinations.
It comes after Royal Schiphol Group finalized a deal with Limburg province in June to take a 40 percent stake in MST in a bid to future-proof the regional airport through joint investment.