22 Facts About Amsterdam Schiphol


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, known informally as Schiphol Airport, is the main international airport of the Netherlands.

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Amsterdam Schiphol is the hub for KLM and its regional affiliate KLM Cityhopper as well as for Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair, Transavia and TUI fly Netherlands.

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In 1949, it was decided that Amsterdam Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was voted the Best Airport in Western Europe in 2020.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport ranked as Europe's third busiest and the world's eleventh busiest by total passenger traffic in 2017 .

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Amsterdam Schiphol opened on 16 September 1916 as a military airbase, with a few barracks and a field serving as platform and runways.

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New terminal building was completed in 1949 and it was decided that Amsterdam Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands.

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In 1967, Amsterdam Schiphol expanded even further with a new terminal area at its current location.

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Amsterdam Schiphol airport is currently often referred to as 'burned down village' and 'the countries greatest shame'.

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Amsterdam Schiphol uses a one-terminal concept, where all facilities are located under a single roof, radiating from the central plaza, Amsterdam Schiphol Plaza.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has approximately 223 boarding gates including eighteen double jetway gates used for widebody aircraft.

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Amsterdam Schiphol has large shopping areas as a source of revenue and as an additional attraction for passengers.

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Besides the Panoramaterras, Amsterdam Schiphol has other spotting sites, especially along the newest Polderbaan runway and at the McDonald's restaurant at the north side of the airport.

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Amsterdam Schiphol has its own mortuary, where the dead can be handled and kept before departure or after arrival.

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In 2012, Amsterdam Schiphol Group announced an expansion of Amsterdam Schiphol, featuring a new pier.

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Amsterdam Schiphol was disappointed in the construction speed and the rising of the total cost, although insiders announced that a design flaw was made and the entire construction needed to be reinforced.

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Amsterdam Schiphol's growth is hampered by slot restrictions from the government.

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Amsterdam Schiphol is geographically one of the world's lowest major commercial airports.

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Amsterdam Schiphol has six runways, one of which is used mainly by general aviation.

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The area Amsterdam Schiphol-Rijk includes the head office of TUI fly Netherlands.

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Amsterdam Schiphol is a stop for the Thalys international high-speed train, connecting the airport directly to Antwerp, Brussels and Paris Gare du Nord, as well as to Bourg St Maurice and Marseille .

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is easily accessible by bus, as many services call or terminate at the bus station located outside in front of the terminal building.

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