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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (IATA: AMS, ICAO: EHAM), known informally as Schiphol (Dutch: Luchthaven Schiphol, pronounced [ˌlʏxtɦaːvə(n) ˈsxɪp(ɦ)ɔl]), is the main international airport of the Netherlands. It is located 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, North Holland. It is the third busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume. The airport is built as a single-terminal concept: one large terminal split into three large departure halls.

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. The airport also serves as a European hub for Jet Airways and as a base for EasyJetand Vueling.

Schiphol opened on 16 September 1916 as a military airbase. The end of the First World War also saw the beginning of civilian use of Schiphol Airport and the airport eventually lost its military role completely. By 1940, Schiphol had four asphalt runways at 45-degree angles. The airport was captured by the German military that same year and renamed Fliegerhorst Schiphol. The airport was destroyed through bombing but at the end of the war the airfield was restored quickly. In 1949, it was decided that Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands.

Royal Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Koninklijke Luchthaven Schiphol
Schiphol logo
Royal Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Airport type Public
Owner/Operator Royal Schiphol Group
Serves Amsterdam, Netherlands
Location Haarlemmermeer
Hub for
  • KLM
  • KLM Cityhopper
  • Martinair
  • Singapore Airlines Cargo
  • Transavia
  • TUI fly Netherlands
Elevation AMSL −11 ft / −3 m
Coordinates 52°18′29″N
AMS is located in Greater Amsterdam

Direction Length Surface
m ft
18R/36L ‘Polderbaan’ 3,800 12,467 Asphalt
06/24 ‘Kaagbaan’ 3,500 11,483 Asphalt
09/27 ‘Buitenveldertbaan’ 3,453 11,329 Asphalt
18L/36R ‘Aalsmeerbaan’ 3,400 11,155 Asphalt
18C/36C ‘Zwanenburgbaan’ 3,300 10,827 Asphalt
04/22 ‘Oostbaan’ 2,014 6,608 Asphalt
Statistics (2017)
Passengers 68,515,425
Freight (tonnes) 1,752,498
Aircraft movements 496,748
Economic & social impact (2016) $27.3 billion


Schiphol Airport is an important European airport, ranking as Europe’s third busiest and the world’s twelfth busiest by total passenger traffic in 2016 (14th in 2015, 2014 and 2013 and 16th in 2012). It also ranks as the world’s fifth busiest by international passenger traffic and the world’s sixteenth busiest for cargo tonnage. 63,625,664 passengers passed through the airport in 2016. Schiphol’s main competitors in terms of passenger traffic and cargo throughput are London-Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Istanbul-Atatürk and Madrid–Barajas.

In 2010, 65.9% of passengers using the airport flew to and from Europe, 11.7% to and from North America and 8.8% to and from Asia; cargo volume was mainly between Schiphol and Asia (45%) and North America (17%).

In 2010, 106 carriers provided a total of 301 destinations on a regular basis. Passenger destinations were offered by 91 airlines. Direct (non-stop) destinations grew by 9 to a total of 274. Regular destinations serviced exclusively by full freighters (non-passenger) grew by eight to a total of twenty-seven.

The airport is built as one large terminal (a single-terminal concept), split into three large departure halls, which connect again once airside. The most recent of these was completed in 1994 and expanded in 2007 with a new section, called Terminal 4, although it is not considered a separate building. A new pier is to be opened in 2019 with a terminal extension planned to be operational by 2023. Plans for further terminal and gate expansion exist, including the construction of a separate new terminal between the Zwanenburgbaan and Polderbaan runways that would end the one-terminal concept.

Because of intense traffic and high landing fees (due to the limit of 500,000 flights a year), some low-cost carriers decided to move their flights to smaller airports, such as Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport. Many low-cost carriers, such as EasyJet and Transavia, however, continue to operate at Schiphol, using the low-cost H pier. Lelystad Airport is currently being expanded aimed at accommodating some of the low-cost and leisure flights currently operating out of Schiphol, eventually taking up to 45,000 flights a year.


Early years

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

A Ford being used to power a winch for towing gliders at Schiphol in 1933

Schiphol’s name is derived from a former fortification named Fort Schiphol, which was part of the Stelling van Amsterdam defence works. Before 1852, the Haarlemmermeer polder in which the airport lies was a large lake with some shallow areas. There are multiple stories of how the place got its name. The most popular story is that in the shallow waters sudden violent storms could claim many ships. Winds were particularly strong in the Schiphol area since the prevailing wind direction is from the south-west, and Schiphol lies in the north-eastern corner of the lake. In English, Schiphol translates to «Ships Hell», a reference to many ships supposedly lost in the lake. When the lake was reclaimed, however, no shipwrecks were found. Another possible origin of the name is the word scheepshaal. A scheepshaal is a ditch or small canal in which ships would be towed from one lake to another. A third explanation would be that the name derived from the words scip hol. This is a low-lying area of land (hol) from where wood would be obtained to build ships.

Schiphol opened on 16 September 1916 as a military airbase, with a few barracks and a field serving as platform and runways. When civil aircraft started to use the field (17 December 1920), it was often called Schiphol-les-bains. The Fokker aircraft manufacturer started a factory near Schiphol airport in 1919. The end of the First World War also saw the beginning of civilian use of Schiphol Airport and the airport eventually lost its military role completely.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The air traffic control tower at Schiphol in 1960

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The apron in 1965

By 1940, Schiphol had four asphalt runways at 45-degree angles, all 1,020 metres (3,350 ft) or less. One was extended to become today’s runway 04/22; two others crossed that runway at 52.312°N 4.800°E. The airport was captured by the German military that same year and renamed Fliegerhorst Schiphol. A large amount of anti-aircraft defences were installed in the vicinity of the airport and fake decoy airfields were constructed in the vicinity near Bennebroek, Vijfhuizen and Vogelenzang to try to confuse allied bombers. A railway connection was also built. Despite these defences, the airfield was still bombed intensively, and an exceptionally heavy attack on 13 December 1943 caused so much damage that it rendered the airfield unusable as an active base. After that, it served only as an emergency landing field, until the Germans themselves destroyed the remnants of the airfield at the start of Operation Market Garden. At the end of the war, the airfield was quickly restored: the first aircraft, a Douglas DC-3, landed on 8 July 1945.

A new terminal building was completed in 1949 and it was decided that Schiphol was to become the primary airport of the Netherlands. Expansion came at the cost of a small town called Rijk, which was demolished to make room for the growing airport. The name of this town is remembered in the name of the present Schiphol-Rijk industrial estate. In 1967 Schiphol expanded even further with a new terminal area at its current location. Most of the 1967 terminal is still in use today (Departure Halls 1 and 2) as are parts of the original piers (now called C, D and E). 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. The new terminal building replaced the older facilities once located on what is now the east side of the airport. The A-Pier (now C-pier) of the airport was modified in 1970 to allow Boeing 747 aircraft use the boarding gates. In 1977 a new pier (D, now called F) opened, dedicated to handling wide-body aircraft. The first railway station at the airport followed in 1978.

Development since the 1990s

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Map showing the six runways of Schiphol

The construction of a new Air Traffic Control tower was completed in 1991 as the existing tower could no longer oversee all of the airport as it was further expanded. Departure Hall 3 was added to the terminal in 1993, as was another pier, G-pier. New wayfinding signage was designed that year as well by Paul Mijksenaar. A sixth runway was completed at quite some distance west of the rest of airport in 2003 and was nicknamed the Polderbaan, with the connecting taxiway crossing the A5 motorway. The distance of this runway means that taxi times to and from this runway can take between 10 and 20 minutes. It also required the construction of an additional Air Traffic Control tower as the primary tower is too far away to oversee this part of the airfield.

On 25 February 2005, a diamond robbery occurred at Schiphol’s cargo terminal. The robbers used a stolen KLM van to gain airside access. The estimated value of the stones was around 75 million euros, making it one of the largest diamond robberies ever. Later that year, a fire broke out at the airport’s detention centre, killing 11 people and injuring 15. The complex was holding 350 people at the time of the incident. Results from the investigation almost one year later showed that fire safety precautions were not in force. A national outrage resulted in the resignation of Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner (CDA) and Mayor Hartog of Haarlemmermeer. Spatial Planning Minister Sybilla Dekker (VVD) resigned as well, because she bore responsibility for the construction, safety, and maintenance of state-owned buildings.



Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The main entry of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

KLM Cargo Boeing 747-400ERF on the Taxiway Bridge crossing the Highway A4 E19

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Check-in hall interior

Schiphol uses a one-terminal concept, where all facilities are located under a single roof, radiating from the central plaza, Schiphol Plaza. The terminal is divided into three sections or halls designated 1, 2 and 3. The piers and concourses of each hall are connected so that it is possible, on both sides of security or border inspection, to walk between piers and halls, although border control separates Schengen from non-Schengen areas. The exception to this is the low-cost pier M: once airside (past security), passengers cannot access any other areas.

Schiphol Airport has approximately 165 boarding gates including eighteen double jetway gates used for widebody aircraft. The airport adopted a distinctive design with the second jetway extending over the aircraft wing hanging from a steel cantilever construction. Recent refurbishments have seen most of these jetways being replaced with a more conventional layout. Two gates feature a third jetway for handling of the Airbus A380. Emirates was the first airline to fly the A380 to Schiphol in August 2012, deploying the aircraft on its double daily Dubai–Amsterdam service. During the summer, China Southern Airlines also uses the A380 on its Beijing–Amsterdam route.

Schiphol has large shopping areas as a source of revenue and as an additional attraction for passengers. Schiphol Plaza not only connects the three halls but also houses a large shopping centre and the railway station, also attracting general visitors.

Departure Hall 1

Departure Hall 1 consists of Piers B and C, both of which are dedicated Schengen areas and shares D-pier with Departure hall 2. Pier B has 14 gates and Pier C has 21 gates.

Departure Hall 2

Departure Hall 2 consists of Piers D and E.

Pier D is the largest pier and has two levels. The lower floor houses non-Schengen flights and the upper floor is used for Schengen flights. By using stairs, the same jetways are used to access the aircraft. Schengen gates are numbered beginning with D-59; non-Schengen gates are numbered from D-1 to D-57.

Pier E is a dedicated non-Schengen area and has 14 gates. It is typically home to SkyTeam hub airlines Delta Air Lines and KLM, along with other members, such as China Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Other Middle Eastern and Asian airlines such as EVA Air, Etihad Airways, Iran Air and Air Astana also typically operate out of Pier E.

Departure Hall 3

Departure Hall 3 consists of three piers: F, G, and H/M. Pier F has 8 gates and is typically dominated by SkyTeam members such as primary airline KLM, Kenya Airways, China Airlines and China Southern Airlines, and other members. Pier G has 13 gates and is the only pier that handles daily Airbus A380 service, by Emirates and China Southern Airlines. Piers F and G are non-Schengen areas.

Piers H and M are physically one concourse consisting of 7 shared gates and are home to low-cost airlines. Operating completely separate, H handles non-Schengen flights while M is dedicated to flights within the Schengen area.

General aviation terminal

A new general aviation terminal was opened in 2011 on the east side of the airport, operated as the KLM Jet Center. The new terminal building has a floorspace of 6,000 m2 (65,000 sq ft); 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) for the actual terminal and lounges, 4,000 m2 (43,000 sq ft) for office space and 1,000 m2 (11,000 sq ft) for parking.

Other facilities

The Rijksmuseum operates an annex at the airport, offering a small overview of both classical and contemporary art. Admission to the exhibits is free.

In summer 2010, Schiphol Airport Library opened alongside the museum, providing passengers access to a collection of 1,200 books (translated into 29 languages) by Dutch authors on subjects relating to the country’s history and culture. The 89.9 m2 (968 sq ft) library offers e-books and music by Dutch artists and composers that can be downloaded free of charge to a laptop or mobile device.

For aviation enthusiasts, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has a large rooftop viewing area, called the Panoramaterras. It is not accessible to connecting passengers unless they first exit the airport. Enthusiasts and the public can enter, free of charge, from the airport’s landside. Since June 2011, it is the location for a KLM CityhopperFokker 100, modified to be a viewing exhibit. 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.

Schiphol has its own mortuary, where the dead can be handled and kept before departure or after arrival. Since October 2006, people can also hold a wedding ceremony at Schiphol.

Schiphol also has a new state-of-the-art cube-shaped Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol with 433 rooms, rounded corners and diamond-shaped windows. The spacious atrium has a 41-metre-high (135 ft) ceiling made of glass and is in the heart of the building. A covered walkway connects the hotel directly to the terminal. The hotel was completed in 2015.

Future expansions

In 2012, Schiphol Group announced an expansion of Schiphol, featuring a new pier, an expansion of the terminal, and a new parking garage. Pier A will be part of Departure Hall 1, which already has Pier B (14 gates) and Pier C (21 gates). The new Pier A will have 11 gates for flexible use. It can handle either 3 wide-body aircraftand 5 narrow-body aircraft, or 11 narrow-body aircraft. The first activities are expected to start in 2017 and to be completed in 2023. The expansions will cost about 500 million euros.

First, the new Pier A will be built to the southwest of Pier B, in an area currently used as a freight platform. Expected to be operational by the end of 2019, pier A will mainly be used for flights within Europe. To handle future growth in passengers, Schiphol will further expand the terminal and build a fourth departure hall with facilities for both departures and arrivals. From this new building, direct access will be made to Schiphol Plaza, continuing the one-terminal concept. When finished in 2023, Schiphol will be able to handle over 70 million passengers. Due to rapid growth of Schengen-passengers during 2016, Schiphol was however forced to rapidly build a temporary departure hall which opened in March 2017.


The Schiphol air traffic control tower, with a height of 101 m (331 ft), was the tallest in the world when constructed in 1991. Schiphol is geographically one of the world’s lowest major commercial airports. The entire airport is below sea level. The lowest point sits at 3.4 m (11 ft) below sea level: 1.4 m (4.5 ft) below the Dutch Normaal Amsterdams Peil (NAP). The runways are around 3 m (9.8 ft) below NAP.


Schiphol has six runways, one of which is used mainly by general aviation. AMS covers a total area of 6,887 acres (2,787 ha) of land.

Number Runway direction / code Length
(in metre- sand feet)
Runway common name Source of the name Surface Notes
1 18R/36L 3,800 m
12,467 ft
Polder- baan Decided via contest. Polder is the Dutch word for land reclaimed from a body of water. Schiphol Airport is situated on a polder. Asphalt Newest runway, opened 2003. Own control tower.
Located to reduce the noise impact on the surroun- ding population. Takeoffs only northbound and landings only south- bound. The nearest end is located 5 km (3.1 mi) from the terminal building, and aircraft have a lengthy 15-minute taxi to and from the Terminal.
2 06/24 3,500 m
11,483 ft
Kaag- baan Named after the Kagerp- lassen, a cluster of lakes which lies beyond the end of the runway. Asphalt Opened in 1960. The Kaagbaan offered a location for spotters until the spotting location was closed in January 2008.
3 09/27 3,453 m
11,329 ft
Buitenvel- dertbaan Named after Buitenvel-
dert, a neighbour- hood of Amsterdam.
Asphalt Opened in 1967. El Al Flight 1862 was trying to make an emergency landing on this runway when it crashed into a block of flats in the Bijlmer- meer.
4 18L/36R 3,400 m
11,155 ft
Aalsmeer- baan Named after the town of Aalsmeer. Asphalt Opened in 1950.
5 18C/36C 3,300 m
10,826 ft
Zwanen- burgbaan Named after the village of Zwanenburg. Asphalt Opened in 1968. El Al Flight 1862 took off from this runway before crashing into flats in the Bijlmer- meer when the plane was trying to return to the airport.
6 04/22 2,014 m
6,608 ft
Oost- baan Most eastern of all runways. Asphalt Opened in 1945. Primarily used for general aviation traffic. In October 2010 a B-737 of Corendon Airlines overshot the short runway and ended up with its nosegear in the mud.

Airlines and destinations


Airlines Destinations
Adria Airways Ljubljana
Aegean Airlines Athens
Aer Lingus Cork, Dublin
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo
Aeroméxico Mexico City
Air Arabia Maroc Fez, Nador, Tangier
Air Astana Atyrau
Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air Europa Madrid
Air France Clermont–Ferrand, Marseille, Lille, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Rennes, Strasbourg
Air Malta Malta
Air Mauritius Seasonal: Mauritius
Air Serbia Belgrade
Air Transat Seasonal: Calgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
airBaltic Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius
Alitalia Milan–Linate, Rome–Fiumicino
American Airlines Philadelphia
Seasonal: Dallas/Fort Worth
Arkia Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
AtlasGlobal Istanbul–Atatürk
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Belavia Minsk
British Airways London–City, London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Bulgaria Air Sofia
Charter: Burgas, Varna
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
China Airlines Taipei–Taoyuan
China Eastern Airlines Shanghai–Pudong
China Southern Airlines Beijing–Capital, Guangzhou
CityJet London City, Manchester, Newcastle
Corendon Dutch Airlines Antalya
Seasonal: Alghero, Banjul, Bodrum, Burgas, Catania, Corfu, Dalaman, Enfidha, Fuerteventura, Girona, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Hurghada, Ibiza, Izmir, Kos, Lanzarote, Málaga, Marrakesh, Mytilene, Ohrid, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Samos, Tenerife-South, Trapani, Zakynthos
Seasonal charter: Natal (begins 15 November 2018)
Croatia Airlines Zagreb
Seasonal: Dubrovnik, Pula
Czech Airlines Prague
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–JFK, Orlando, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City, Seattle/Tacoma
easyJet Alicante, Belfast–International, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bordeaux, Bristol, Budapest, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow (ends 26 October 2018),Lisbon, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Southend, London–Stansted, Lyon, Málaga, Manchester, Milan–Linate, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Nice, Prague, Rome–Fiumicino, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Venice, Vienna, Zürich
Seasonal: Catania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Marseille, Olbia, Palma de Mallorca, Rhodes, Salzburg, Split, Tenerife–South, Toulouse
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva
EgyptAir Cairo
El Al Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Emirates Dubai–International
Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi
Eurowings Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart
EVA Air Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Taipei–Taoyuan
Finnair Helsinki
Flybe Birmingham, Doncaster/Sheffield, Exeter, London–City, Manchester, Nottingham/East Midlands, Southampton
Garuda Indonesia Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta
Georgian Airways Tbilisi
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair Reykjavík–Keflavík
Iran Air Tehran–Imam Khomeini
Israir Airlines Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
Jet Airways Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Toronto–Pearson Leeds/Bradford
Kenya Airways Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
KLM Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Alicante, Aruba, Athens, Atlanta, Bahrain, Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Barcelona, Beijing–Capital, Bergen, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bogotá, Bonaire, Bordeaux, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Cagliari, Calgary, Cape Town, Cartagena, Catania, Chengdu, Chicago–O’Hare, Copenhagen, Curaçao, Dammam, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Dubai–International, Dublin, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Entebbe, Fortaleza, Freetown, Geneva, Glasgow, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Guayaquil, Hamburg, Hangzhou, Havana, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Houston–Intercontinental, Istanbul–Atatürk, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Johannesburg–O.R. Tambo, Kiev–Boryspil, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kuala Lumpur–International, Kuwait, Lagos, Lima, Lisbon, London–City, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Luanda, Lyon, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Manila, Mexico City, Milan–Linate, Milan–Malpensa, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montpellier, Monrovia, Montréal–Trudeau, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Nantes, New York–JFK, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nice, Nuremberg, Osaka–Kansai, Oslo–Gardermoen, Panama City, Paramaribo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Porto, Prague, Quito, Rio de Janeiro–Galeão, Rome–Fiumicino, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, St. Maarten, Saint Petersburg, Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda, Stuttgart, Taipei–Taoyuan, Tehran–Imam Khomeini, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Toulouse, Valencia, Vancouver, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Washington–Dulles, Windhoek–Hosea Kutako, Xiamen, Zagreb, Zürich
Seasonal: Colombo, Ibiza, Mauritius, Miami, Salt Lake City, San José (CR), Split
KLM Cityhopper Aalborg, Aberdeen, Ålesund, Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–City, Berlin–Tegel, Bilbao, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bremen, Bristol, Brussels, Cagliari, Cardiff, Copenhagen, Dresden, Dublin, Durham Tees Valley, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Florence, Frankfurt, Gdańsk, Geneva, Genoa, Gothenburg–Landvetter, Graz, Hamburg, Hanover, Humberside, Inverness, Kraków, Kristiansand, Leeds/Bradford, Linköping, London–City, London–Heathrow, Luxembourg, Lyon, Manchester, Montpellier, Munich, Nantes, Nice, Norwich, Nuremberg, Prague, Sandefjord, Southampton, Split, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Trondheim, Turin, Växjö, Venice, Vienna, Warsaw–Chopin, Zagreb, Zürich
Korean Air Seoul–Incheon
LOT Polish Airlines Warsaw–Chopin
Lufthansa Frankfurt
Lufthansa Regional Frankfurt, Munich
Nordica Tallinn
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Helsinki, New York–JFK, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Onur Air Istanbul–Atatürk
Seasonal: Kayseri
Pegasus Airlines Antalya, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Seasonal: Bodrum, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya
Qatar Airways Doha
Royal Air Maroc Casablanca, Nador, Tangier
Seasonal: Al Hoceima, Oujda
Royal Jordanian Amman–Queen Alia
Ryanair Dublin, Málaga
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Singapore Airlines Singapore
SkyWork Airlines Bern
Sun D’Or Seasonal: Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion
SunExpress İzmir
Seasonal: Ankara, Antalya, Kayseri, Konya
SunExpress Deutschland Seasonal: Al Hoceima
Seasonal charter: Nador
Surinam Airways Paramaribo
Swiss International Air Lines Zürich
TACV Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Praia, São Vicente
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon, Porto
TAROM Bucharest
Thomas Cook Airlines Seasonal charter: Gran Canaria, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife–South
Transavia Agadir, Alicante, Almería, Athens, Barcelona, Bari, Beirut (begins 1 November 2018), Belgrade, Casablanca, Catania, Faro, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Helsinki, Ibiza, Innsbruck, Katowice, La Palma, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Ljubljana, Lisbon, Málaga, Marrakech, Munich, Naples, Nice, Paris–Orly, Pisa, Porto, Reus, Seville, Sofia, Tel Aviv–Ben Gurion, Tenerife–South, Thessaloniki, Tirana, Valencia, Zürich
Seasonal: Ajaccio, Antalya, Bodrum, Chambéry, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubai–International, Dubrovnik, Eilat-Ovda (begins 3 November 2018), Girona, Heraklion, İzmir, Kalamata, Kefalonia, Kos, Malta, Menorca, Mykonos, Olbia, Palermo, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos, Preveza, Rhodes, Sal, Salzburg, Samos, Santorini, Varna, Verona, ZakynthosSeasonal charter: Djerba, Monastir, Volos, Essaouira, Sharm El Sheikh (Begins 2 July 2018)
Transavia France Paris–Orly
TUI fly Belgium Nador, Tangier
TUI fly Netherlands Alicante, Aruba, Banjul, Boa Vista, Bonaire, Cancún, Curaçao, Fuerteventura, Funchal, Gran Canaria, Holguín, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Málaga, Marsa Alam, Menorca, Miami, Montego Bay, Orlando–Sanford, Praia, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Sal, São Vicente, Sharm el-Sheikh, Tenerife–South, Varadero, Zanzibar
Seasonal: Antalya, Bodrum, Burgas, Catania, Corfu, Dakar–Diass, Dalaman, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Faro, Girona, Heraklion, Ibiza, Ivalo, İzmir, Karpathos, Kefalonia, Kittilä, Kos, La Palma, Mauritius, Mombasa (begins 6 november 2018), Ohrid, Palma de Mallorca, Paramaribo, Pico, Ponta Delgada, Porto Santo, Preveza, Pula, Rhodes, Samos, Sitia, Terceira, Tivat, Varna, Zakynthos, Zanzibar, Zadar (begins 6 July 2018)
Tunisair Tunis
Turkish Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Istanbul–Sabiha Gökçen
Ukraine International Airlines Kiev–Boryspil
United Airlines Chicago–O’Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark, Washington–Dulles
Vueling Algiers (begins 12 July 2018), Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Florence, Fuerteventura, Lisbon, London–Luton, Málaga, Milan–Malpensa, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela
Seasonal: Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Seville, Valencia
WOW air Reykjavík–Keflavík
XiamenAir Xiamen


Airlines Destinations
Air China Cargo Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin
AirBridgeCargo Airlines Anchorage, Chengdu, Chicago–O’Hare, Khabarovsk, Los Angeles, Moscow–Domodedovo, Moscow–Sheremetyevo, Novosibirsk, Shanghai–Pudong, Zhengzhou
Cargolux Luxembourg
Cathay Pacific Cargo Chennai, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Frankfurt, Hong Kong
Centurion Air Cargo Caracas, Houston–Intercontinental, Miami
China Airlines Cargo Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Prague, Taipei–Taoyuan
China Cargo Airlines Shanghai–Pudong, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Zaragoza, Copenhagen, Tianjin
China Southern Airlines Cargo Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai–Pudong
Coyne Airways Tbilisi
DHL Aviation East Midlands, London–Heathrow
Emirates SkyCargo Barcelona, Chicago O’Hare, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Dubai–Al Maktoum, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Oslo–Gardermoen
Etihad Cargo
operated by Atlas Air
Abu Dhabi, Barbados, Bogotá, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, San Juan
FedEx Express Oslo, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Iran Air Cargo Tehran Imam-Khomeini
Kalitta Air Bahrain
Korean Air Cargo Seoul–Incheon
LATAM Cargo Chile Frankfurt, Campinas–Viracopos, Santiago de Chile
Martinair Aguadilla, Bogotá, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Campinas–Viracopos, Caracas, Cairo, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Guatemala City, Harare, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Kigali, Lima, London–Stansted, Lusaka, Miami, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta, Quito, Santiago de Chile
MNG Airlines Istanbul–Atatürk, Munich, Tripoli–Mitiga
Nippon Cargo Airlines Tokyo–Narita, Milano-Malpensa, Frankfurt-Hahn
Qatar Airways Cargo Chicago–O’Hare, Doha
Saudia Cargo Dammam, Jeddah, Johannesburg–O. R. Tambo, Nairobi–Jomo Kenyatta
Silk Way Airlines Baku
Singapore Airlines Cargo Bangalore, Chennai, Chicago–O’Hare, Cincinnati, London–Heathrow, Mumbai, Sharjah, Singapore
Turkish Airlines Cargo Istanbul–Atatürk, London–Stansted
Yangtze River Express Munich, Shanghai–Pudong, Tianjin, Zhengzhou

Other users

Other regular users of Schiphol are the Dutch Coast Guard whose aircraft are operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the Dienst Luchtvaart Politie and the Dutch Dakota Association.


Busiest European Routes to/from Amsterdam Airport (2017)
Rank Airport Passengers 2017 Change %
1 UK, London (Heathrow), United Kingdom 1,689,314 4.5
2 Spain, Barcelona, Spain 1,361,452 4.3
3 France, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), France 1,264,921 6.7
4 Italy, Rome (Fiumicino), Italy 1,111,831 1.1
5 Ireland, Dublin, Ireland 1,080,715 15.4
6 UK, London (Gatwick), United Kingdom 1,074,382 0.3
7 UK, Manchester, United Kingdom 1,048,471 2.7
8 Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark 1,033,491 6.0
9 Spain, Madrid, Spain 1,021,861 3.0
10 Germany, Munich, Germany 954,602 20.0
11 Switzerland, Zürich, Switzerland 939,900 17.4
12 Sweden, Stockholm (Arlanda), Sweden 866,407 11.0
13 Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal 856,730 10.7
14 Germany, Frankfurt, Germany 842,801 3.1
15 Turkey, Istanbul (Atatürk), Turkey 807,779 2.2
16 UK, London Luton, UK 785,704 29.0
17 Austria, Vienna, Austria 768,585 7.8
18 Italy, Milan Malpensa, Italy 743,496 59.4
19 Norway, Oslo (Gardermoen), Norway 707,220 3.0
20 Spain, Malaga, Spain 703,411 31.0
Busiest Intercontinental Routes to/from Amsterdam Airport (2017)
Rank Airport Passengers 2017 Change %
1 UAE, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 886,962 6.5
2 USA, Atlanta, United States 802,550 3.2
3 USA, New York-JFK, United States 682,249 0.6
4 Canada, Toronto-Pearson, Canada 626,586 10.3
5 Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel 566,237 10.7
6 USA, Detroit, United States 565,988 5.1
7 USA, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, United States 537,956 19,0
8 Curacao, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands 472,153 0.5
9 Hong_Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong 415,076 1.1
10 China, Shanghai (Pudong), China 410,207 7.7
11 Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya 410,097 0.3
12 India, Delhi, India 398,457 20.3
13 China, Beijing (Capital), China 361,002 0.5
14 UAE, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 346,572 8.8
15 USA, Los Angeles, United States 325,764 6.5
16 Thailand, Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi), Thailand 318,726 21.1
17 USA, Houston, United States 310,421 0.3
18 Singapore, Singapore, Singapore 310,289 1.0
19 USA, Washington-Dulles, USA 309,890 14.4
20 Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico 306,567 23.5
Countries with most air traffic movements to/from Amsterdam Airport (2017)
Rank Country Movements 2017 Change %
1 UK 95,224 0.3
2 Germany 44,332 0.4
3 Spain 38,034 8.5
4 Italy 31,590 4.7
5 France 30,822 1.2
6 USA 24,050 3.1
7 Norway 18,313 1.7
8 Switzerland 18,123 2.9
9 Denmark 13,933 1.4
10 Turkey 12,354 13.3
Countries with most passenger movements to/from Amsterdam Airport (2017)
Rank Country Passengers 2017 Change %
1 UK 10,146,619 4.6
2 Spain 5,998,703 9.3
3 USA 5,436,764 7.8
4 Germany 4,289,306 5.0
5 Italy 4,139,227 5.1
6 France 3,579,512 5.6
7 Switzerland 2,059,295 8.8
8 Turkey 1,940,626 6.0
9 Norway 1,823,070 2.9
10 Greece 1,680,209 22.5

Other facilities

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Schiphol Group offices

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The Convair Building, which houses KLM Cityhopper and KLM offices, and the original Schiphol control tower

The TransPort Building on the Schiphol Airport property houses the head offices of Martinair and Transavia. Construction of the building, which has 10,800 m2 (116,000 sq ft) of rentable space, began on 17 March 2009. Schiphol Group and the architect firm Paul de Ruiter designed the building, while De Vries and Verburg, a firm of Stolwijk, constructed the building.

The World Trade Center Schiphol Airport houses the head office of SkyTeam, the Netherlands office of China Southern Airlines, and the Netherlands offices of Iran Air. The head office of Schiphol Group, the airport’s operator, is located on the airport property. The Convair Building, with its development beginning after a parcel was earmarked for its development in 1999, houses KLM offices, including KLM Recruitment Services and the head office of KLM Cityhopper. The original control tower of Schiphol Airport, which the airport authorities had moved slightly from its original location, now houses a restaurant. The area Schiphol-Rijk includes the head offices of TUI fly Netherlands and Amsterdam Airlines.

At one time KLM had its head office briefly on the grounds of Schiphol Airport. Its current head office in nearby Amstelveenhad a scheduled completion at the end of 1970. Previously Martinair had its head office in the Schiphol Center (Dutch: Schiphol Centrum) at Schiphol Airport. Formerly, the head office of Transavia was in the Building Triport III at Schiphol Airport. NLM Cityhopper and later KLM Cityhopper previously had their head offices in Schiphol Airport building 70.

Nippon Cargo Airlines has its Europe regional headquarters at Schiphol. The National Aerospace Museum Aviodome–Schiphol was previously located at Schiphol. In 2003 the museum moved to Lelystad Airport and was renamed the «Aviodrome.»

Ground transport


Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The construction of the tunnel and railway station in 1992

The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national Dutch train operator, has a major passenger railway station directly underneath the passenger terminal complex that offers transportation 24 hours a day into the four major cities Amsterdam, Utrecht, The Hague and Rotterdam. There are efficient and often direct services to many other cities in the country. There are intercity connections to Lelystad, Amsterdam Centraal, Utrecht Centraal, both The Hague Centraal and The Hague HS, Rotterdam Centraal, Eindhoven, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Leeuwarden, Groningen, Amersfoort, Apeldoorn, Deventer, Enschede, Arnhem, Nijmegen and Heerlen. Schiphol is also a stop for the Thalys international high-speed train, connecting the airport directly to Antwerp, Brussels, Lille and Paris Gare du Nord, as well as to Bourg St Maurice (winter) and Marseille (summer). The Intercity-Brussel (also named «beneluxtrein») to Antwerp and Brussels stops 16x a day at the airport.

From early 2018 the Eurostar to London St Pancras will commence service twice daily.


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

Destination Service(s)
Aalsmeer 342, Nightbus N42
Alphen aan den Rijn 370
Amstelveen 186, 199, 300, Night bus N30
Amsterdam, Leidseplein/city centre 397, night bus N97 «Amsterdam Airport Express«
Amsterdam, Osdorp 69, 194, 195, Night bus N95
Amsterdam, Slotervaart 69
Amsterdam, Amsterdam–Zuid and Buitenveldert 341
Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena 300, Night bus N30
Haarlem 300, Night bus N30
Hoofddorp 300, 397, 341, Night bus N30, Night bus N97
IJmuiden Night bus N30
Keukenhof Gardens 858 (seasonal)
Lisse 361
Leiden 365
Leimuiden 370
Nieuw-Vennep 397, Night bus N97
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel 300, Night bus N30
Noordwijk 361
Sassenheim 361
Schiphol 180, 181, 185, 186, 187, 190, 191, 193, 194, 195, 198, 199
Uithoorn 342, Night bus N42
Vijfhuizen 300, Night bus N30
Zoetermeer 365

The Taiwanese EVA Air provides private bus services from Schiphol to Belgium for its Belgium-based customers. The service, which departs from and arrives at bus stop C11, goes to Sint-Gillis, Brussels (near the Brussels-South (Midi) railway station) and Berchem, Antwerp (near Antwerp-Berchem bus station). The service is co-operated with Reizen Lauwers NV.


Schiphol Airport can easily be reached by car via the A4 and A9 motorways.

Incidents and accidents

  • On 14 November 1946, a Douglas C-47 operated by KLM from London approached Schiphol during bad weather conditions. The first two attempts to land failed. During the third attempt, the pilot realized that the airplane was not lined up properly with the runway. The aircraft made a sharp left turn at low speed, causing the left wing to hit the ground. The airplane crashed and caught fire, killing all 26 people on board.
  • On 4 October 1992, El Al Flight 1862, a Boeing 747-200F cargo jet en route to Tel Aviv, lost both right-wing engines (#3 and #4) just after taking off from Schiphol and crashed into an apartment building in the Bijlmer neighbourhood of Amsterdam while attempting to return to the airport. A total of 43 people were killed, including the plane’s crew of three and a non-revenue passenger. In addition to these fatalities, 11 persons were seriously injured and 15 persons received minor injuries.
  • On 4 April 1994, Flight KL433 to Cardiff, a Saab 340 operated by KLM Cityhopper, returned to Schiphol after setting the number two engine to flight idle because the crew mistakenly believed that the engine suffered from low oil pressure because of a faulty warning light. On final approach at a height of 90 ft (27 m), the captain decided to go-around and gave full throttle on only the number one engine leaving the other in flight idle. The airplane rolled to the right, pitched up, stalled and hit the ground at 80 degrees bank. Of the twenty-four people on board, three were killed including the captain. Nine others were seriously injured.
  • On 25 February 2009, Turkish Airlines Flight 1951, a Boeing 737-800 from Istanbul crashed on approach, just 1 km (0.6 mi) short of the airport’s Polderbaan runway. The plane carried 128 passengers and 7 crew on board. 9 people were killed and a further 86 were injured, including six with serious injuries. Four of the dead were employees of Boeing, involved in an advanced radar deal with Turkey. An initial report from the Dutch Safety Board revealed that the left radio altimeter had failed to provide the correct height above the ground and suddenly reported −8 ft (−2.4 m). As a result of this the autothrottle system closed the thrust levers to idle, as it is programmed to reduce thrust when below 27 ft (8.2 m) radio altitude. This eventually resulted in a dropping airspeed that was not acted upon until it was too late to recover, and the aircraft stalled and crashed in a field.
  • On 23 February 2017, Flybe Flight 1284 using a Bombardier Q400 (registered G-JECP) from Edinburgh to Amsterdam made a landing at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in windy conditions resulting in a right main gear collapse. No injuries have been reported and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.


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General Info
Country Netherlands
Time UTC+1(+2DT)
Latitude 52.308613
52° 18' 31.01" N
Longitude 4.763889
004° 45' 50.00" E
Elevation -11 feet
-3 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 000° W (01/06)
Near City Amsterdam
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October

TWR 119.225
(119.225 for Rwy 18L/36R)(118.1 for Rwy 18C/36C)(118.275 for Rwy 18R/36L)
GND 121.7
(121.7 for Rwy 06-24)(121.9 for Rwy 18R )(121.8 for remaining Rwys)
CLNC DEL 121.975
ATIS 108.4
(108.4 132.975 ARR)(122.2 DEP)
ARR 118.4
APP/DEP 119.05
Communications Remarks
CLD Pilots are strongly req, aft obtaining readback for EN-ROUTE clnc, to switch wo ATC instr to START-UP CON 119.9. Schiphol Chan 9-130.15 (Rwy info relating to SIDS dur peak hrs.)

ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
04/22 6608 x 148 feet
2014 x 45 meters
06/24 11483 x 148 feet
3500 x 45 meters
09/27 11329 x 148 feet
3453 x 45 meters
18C/36C 10826 x 148 feet
3300 x 45 meters
18R/36L 12467 x 198 feet
3800 x 60 meters
18L/36R 11155 x 148 feet
3400 x 45 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME SPY SPIJKERBOOR 080X 113.3 14.3 NM 195.4

Fuel Jet A1+, Jet A1 with icing inhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)

CAUTION Due to environmental influences the wind rpt for Rwy 36R is unrel. Rwy 36R LDA 9268' fm apch end to displ thld rwy 18L.
FUEL A1,(Avbl KLM Jet Center fone C+31-020-6492455)(NC-100LL).
LGT Rwy 06 PAPI used only when ILS is O/S. Stopbars at EXIT 1 Rwy 36R and MIDWAY EXIT Rwy 36R-18L, cros of activated stopbars is proh. Acft may proceed further whenATC gives perms and the stopbar lgt are off.
NS ABTMT See FLIP Planning AP/2.
RSTD Rwy 04-22 ltd to acft with an AUW less than 67. Functioning DME mand for all IFR. Avoidance of imminent NOISE-ZONE CONFLICT regarding the use of Rwy 27 as main ldg rwy btn 2100-0400Z++. Flt with sked slot aft 0400 and ETA (read as actual ldg time) before 0400. Flt concerned must anticipate delays. Extra fuel for hldg purposes is recommended. Mentioned restrictions do not apply for acft in emerg, SAR or MEDICAL AID STATUS. In case of short taxi times and due to ltd hldg space,Rwy 24, pilots are req to inform GND CON before transfer to TWR if not yet ready for DEP, exp extended taxi routing delays.
RWY Rwy 18R and 36R are not avbl for dep and Rwy 36L and 18L are not avbl for arr. Rwy 18C, Rwy 24 and Rwy 36R are not avbl for arr from 2100-0400Z++. Rwy 36C and Rwy 18L are not avbl for dep from 2100-0400Z++. Rwy 09/27 and Rwy 04/22 are not avbl for arr and dep from 2100-0400Z++. Reverse thrust above idle shall not be used 2100-0500Z++ on all runways, safety permitting. Deviations from the restrictions for arr on Rwy's 18C, 18L, 09/27, 24 and 36R may be made if no other rwy isavbl or useable.

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