Newsroom Schiphol (Blog)

2019
12
July
2019
What to pack in your hand baggage The summer holidays have kicked-off, you’ve packed your bags and it’s time for a well-deserved break. However, it’s important to know what items can be brought with you in hand baggage – and whether things like pean...
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27
June
2019
Refuelling a plane is quite similar to the way that you might fill up a car. The question is whether it needs to be refuelled every time a plane lands – this page explains how it all works. ...
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21
June
2019
The answer to that question is a resounding YES! Need a last-minute vaccination before jetting off to your holiday destination? At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, you can! Our airport has a medical centre for travellers, visitors and employees. Our first...
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06
June
2019
Are you travelling via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol this summer? If so, your journey begins and/or ends with transport to or from the airport. Schiphol is easily accessible by train, bus, taxi, car (or car sharing) or even bicycle. With all the transpo...
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16
May
2019
Did you know that dogs, horses, alpacas and kangaroos come to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol on a regular basis? They even have their own ‘terminal’: the KLM Animal Hotel. ...
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09
May
2019
Schiphol is actually a small city. It’s a place where everyone is welcome, but where no one lives. Our city’s recognisable yellow signs make it easy for you to find your way to the departure hall or the gate. The route fits perfectly in your pocket –...
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02
May
2019
Remembrance Day is commemorated by the Netherlands every 4th May, which commemorates the victims of World War II and later conflicts. Liberation Day follows on the 5th May, on which we celebrate our freedom. Schiphol also observes these days. Like ma...
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11
April
2019
There are many factors involved in deciding where your plane will be parked once it touches down at Schiphol. If you’ve ever wondered who chooses the gate where your plane is parked, that job belongs to a gate planner. Gate planners watch the skies 2...
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04
April
2019
Do you have a long transfer at Schiphol? Some time to spare before your next flight departs? There’s no reason to ever get bored at Schiphol. Obviously, we don’t need to tell you that you can shop to your heart’s content or enjoy a delicious meal, sn...
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26
March
2019
Whether you’re visiting Schiphol or just passing through, you can’t miss the air traffic control tower. This 101-metre-tall building is a real eye-catcher. But what actually goes on inside this fascinating tower? ...
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14
March
2019
You’ve heard and read all about it: Brexit. Our British neighbours are planning to leave the European Union. We can expect to get some clarity about the effects of Brexit in the coming days. Deal? No deal? Or a delayed Brexit? We’re keeping a close e...
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05
March
2019
At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, you can eat whatever you want. Passengers with a food allergy, dietary or other special requirements also have more and more choices at the various catering outlets at the airport. We have listed some of HMS Host's food...
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22
February
2019
This month, instead of extinguishing 70 candles, the Schiphol fire brigade gets to blow them out instead! Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is almost 103 years old, so does that mean there was no fire brigade for over 30 years? Certainly not. In the early y...
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20
February
2019
Schiphol is a plane spotter’s paradise, and this wonderful spring sun makes visiting one of our spotting locations even more enjoyable. We have a good selection of places where you can admire the aircraft from close at hand. Unfortunately, we will te...
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17
February
2019
If you’ve ever been inside the cockpit of an aircraft, you were probably very impressed with the sheer number of buttons, switches, meters and levers. But are they really all necessary? Planes mostly fly on autopilot, right? What do human pilots even...
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13
January
2019
It is a stormy day in our chilly little country. At Schiphol, pilots are braving the fierce winds with deft manoeuvres. This makes for some impressive footage. ...
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10
January
2019
We have done a lot of construction in 2018. Everything in order to give you and millions of travelers a warm and comfortable welcome in 2019. We have worked incredibly hard, together with our contractors, and would like to look back with you. ...
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2018
31
December
2018
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December
2018
The end of the year is in sight. It was a year where you could read a lot on our blog about everything happening at and around Schiphol. Did you miss one of our blogs? Don't worry: just take a look at our top five most read blogs of 2018. ...
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20
December
2018
Time to thank our taxi drivers! Today marked the one-millionth taxi ride to leave the Schiphol taxi stand in 2018. Of these journeys, around 70% were driven in a Tesla: electric and no emissions. As a celebration, we treated the passengers who went o...
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29
November
2018
Loud engines  Thrust reversal involves great forces, and produces an incredible amount of noise. To keep noise pollution to a minimum, we try to avoid roaring jet engines as much possible. An engine running at full thrust would also blow away any lo...
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30
October
2018
What a downpour! Did you know that, on a day like this, million litres of rainwater will fall on the Schiphol site? Having that much water on the runway is an issue for all aircraft that need to take off and land. ‘Aquaplaning’ may sound as if it has...
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27
October
2018
Every year, around 15 million people pass through Departure Lounge 2 on their way to catch intercontinental flight services and transfers. It’s hard for those travellers to miss the enormous clock ‘with the man inside’. The clock is an iconic work of...
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10
October
2018
As you may well have noticed, the large red and white chequered meeting point in the central arrival hall at Schiphol Plaza is gone. The reason is that we removed the artwork – which is what the meeting point actually is – to free up more space for p...
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05
October
2018
The Schiphol Tower: a familiar sight. At 101 metres above ground, this impressive air traffic control tower is the tallest one in the Netherlands. The facility has been home to the airport’s air traffic control staff since 1991. Our team ensures safe...
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28
August
2018
Schiphol: The origin of this unusual name is a mystery to many. Where did it come from? There are plenty of stories on this topic. Today we will finally provide an answer to this intriguing question. Sea battles You may already be aware of the fa...
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07
August
2018
Header photo: Ramon Kok   You would normally insert your key in the ignition to start your car’s engine. The question is whether or not planes use the same sort of system – so let’s find out! Locking the plane You do not need a key to open ...
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25
July
2018
Do you prefer to have the window blind on a plane open, closed or halfway? That’s an easy question for cabin crew. They like to have the blinds open, especially for take-off and landing. In fact, the blinds have to be open during take-off and landing...
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19
July
2018
You're loaded up like a pack mule on your way to Schiphol, ready to go on holiday. Everything you need is tucked away in multiple suitcases, which you then try to squeeze into your car or drag with you onto the train. But what if you'd prefer to ride...
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06
July
2018
Perhaps you noticed a difference in the sky last week: Runway 06-24 was under maintenance. This meant planes landing at and taking off from Schiphol had to be redirected. Runway 06-24 was reopened earlier this week, but why was this maintenance work ...
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