23 Facts About Schiphol Airport


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

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Schiphol Airport 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 Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands.

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

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

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Schiphol Airport is built as one large terminal, split into three large departure halls, which connect again once airside.

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Schiphol Airport 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 Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands.

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

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Dutch designer Benno Wissing created signage for Schiphol Airport, well known for its clear writing and thorough colour-coding; to avoid confusion, he prohibited any other signage in the shades of yellow and green used.

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

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

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

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Aviation enthusiasts, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a large rooftop viewing area, called the Panoramaterras.

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

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

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Schiphol Airport 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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Schiphol Airport has expended the number of uniform platforms, places to stow airplanes, in the past years in two phases.

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

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

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

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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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