The year began with a warm welcome for the Olympic athletes at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The aircraft arriving from Seoul was even escorted on the last leg by two F-16s.
The Paralympics athletes arrived in the early morning with no fewer than seven medals: a record haul and a wonderful achievement.
In April, 300 of Schiphol’s young neighbours were treated to the Polderbaan Experience. Neighbours were invited onto the runway where they were given a unique look behind the scenes.
From 1 January, the whole of Schiphol has been powered by sustainable electricity which is generated in the Netherlands. And since the end of March, 100 electric buses have been providing public transport at and around Schiphol. This makes it the largest electric bus fleet in Europe.
The arrival of one of the world’s largest cargo aircraft, the Antonov 124, with some very unusual baggage! It was transporting the parts of the ESA spacecraft which is flying to Mercury.
In 2018, we welcomed various heads of state including the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
Hello and goodbye! In May, we said goodbye to Jos Nijhuis after nine years. On 1 May, Dick Benschop became the new CEO of Schiphol.
The summer of 2018 was one of the driest on record. The temperature of the asphalt quickly approached 50 degrees Celsius, so appropriate measures were taken.
After a competition on Facebook, Pieter and Jocelyne were the lucky winners of the ‘Airport Wedding’. On 7 September 2018, they said a whole-hearted ‘yes’ to each other alongside Runway 09-27 (the Buitenveldertbaan).
Aviation buff Robert was seriously ill and had one big dream: to see the A380 close up. His dream came true at Schiphol, where he had a truly unforgettable day.
During "Hoogvliegersdag", 60 sick and handicapped children were given a look behind the scenes. They also enjoyed an aerial tour of the Netherlands in the Peter Pan aircraft.
And as if 2018 wasn’t yet special enough, another unusual aircraft put in an appearance at Schiphol in December: the oldest Boeing 747-400 in Corendon colours.
In Departure Hall 1, work on the new floor is in full swing. The security passage is being moved upstairs to create more space for check-in desks, among other things.
2018 in pictures