Sumary of Amsterdam airport officials employed a herd of pigs to stop birds flying into plane engines, risking crashes and engine damage:
- Pigs were used to fend off birds around the main international airport of the Netherlands.
- In Amsterdam, pigs were recently used to help fend off birds from airport grounds.
- About 20 farm animals were used to chase off larger birds, such as geese, in the area surrounding Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the airport said in a press release.
- Birds are a danger for airports and planes because they can cause damage if they get sucked into plane engines.
- Schiphol is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and one of the biggest transport hubs in Europe.
- It’s the third busiest airport in Europe, following London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
- The six-week pilot project ended in the first week of November, Schiphol spokeswoman Willemeike Koster told CNN.
- Koster said that the project was “informative,” and that the data collected will be examined in the coming months, and a decision on the longer-term use of pigs is expected early next year.