Possibly hundreds of drug traffickers per year via Eindhoven Airport soon
EINDHOVEN, WILLEMSTAD - If Arkefly starts in November with direct flights from Eindhoven Airport to the Caribbean this could lead to the arrest of hundreds of drug traffickers every year.
This conclusion was drawn from the answers given by officials of the municipality from questions that had been submitted by the Labor Party. Faction leader Arnold Raaijmakers asked for a comparison with Schiphol.
Arkefly wants to fly to the Caribbean twice a week
About 60,000 passengers a year arrive from Curacao through Schiphol. Every year at the national airport 400 to 500 drug smugglers and other drug traffickers are held. Eindhoven Airport is very concerned about the several arrests each year: Arkefly wants to operate to the Dutch islands twice a week with a Dreamliner (300 seats) and expects around 30,000 passengers per year.
The Dutch parties in Eindhoven, PvdA, SP and Groenlinks have presented a motion in which the city government is called to scrap the flights to the Caribbean. According to the factions these flights bring too much drug-related risks along with them. It also ensures for a high structural and avoidable cost related to security and enforcement. The motion will be discussed in the council meeting on Tuesday night.