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Eight KLM aircraft that were temporarily parked at Groningen Airport Eelde due to the Coronavirus pandemic will take off today and tomorrow, to head back towards Schiphol. KLM has been parking aircraft at the Drenthe-based aiport since November, because there is not enough space at Schiphol for the airlines fleet. As reported by the Asser Courant.
Groningen Airport Eelde only had intermittent scheduled flights, and so in a pleasing metaphor for how the Netherlands operates, was pressed into use as a KLM plane-park.
The plane switching is necessary because the aircraft should not be left on the ground for too long, to make an even distribution of flight hours across the KLM fleet, and because the maintenance costs of stationary aircraft are increasing.