Newsroom Schiphol (blog)

2018
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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09
June
2018
Can you guess what kind of animal we transport from our airport the most? You’d probably expect the answer to be dogs, cats or some other kind of pet. But you’d be wrong: horses are the frequent flyers at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Each year, an imp...
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29
May
2018
If you bought a nice bottle of wine or liquor on holiday, only to have it seized at Security – you’re not alone! We have seized items from thousands of unlucky travellers over the years, usually when those items are not sealed correctly or exceed the...
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09
May
2018
Our airport has six runways for take-off and landing. Or does it? Actually, we have nine. The three 'hidden' runways are located at Schiphol-East, where our story once began… Obviously, Schiphol has not always looked the way that it does today. Ou...
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05
May
2018
Are you allowed to take your favourite shampoo in your hand baggage? What are the size and weight restrictions for hand baggage? Can you take your nail scissors and your laptop? As we often take hand baggage when flying, it’s good to know which items...
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01
May
2018
You’ve packed your favourite outfits, shoes and suntan lotion – but you get to your destination only to find that your suitcase didn’t arrive. This page explains what to do next. How it works There is a lot to organise from a logistical standpo...
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26
April
2018
There is one question that’s always on your mind the day before departure: what time do I need to arrive at Schiphol? This is a good moment to check your airline’s website for the most up-to-date flight times. Generally, you can check-in two hours be...
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16
April
2018
If you look out of your window from your seat on the aircraft, chances are you'll spot one of them: the famous yellow vehicles that zip across all of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. There are around 30 of these vehicles at our airport grounds. But what d...
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12
April
2018
Are you going on a nice journey during the May holiday period? You are not the only one! Together with 5.2 million other passengers, you will be flying from, to or via Schiphol. Because the May holidays are the same period for everyone, and because b...
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30
March
2018
Avocados are an absolute must in any health-conscious home. This green fruit is full of vitamins and healthy fats and is extremely popular. And that's something that hasn't escaped our attention here at Schiphol either. You might not know this, but t...
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14
March
2018
With all the aircrafts, it’s probably not the first thing you’d think of, but Schiphol is increasingly transforming into an electric city. The bus that takes you from the gate to your aircraft is often electrically powered. If you need to catch a tax...
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07
March
2018
A bin bag ending up next to the runway due to the wind or a stone of only 2 centimetres on the apron. We call that FOD: Foreign Object Debris. Because everything lying on or around runways and aprons could cause damage to aircraft. A small stone coul...
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02
March
2018
In order to drive a car on, across and alongside runways and taxiways you need more than your regular ‘pink’ driving license. You would first need to take an entire set of lessons, both theoretical and practical. We rode along with driving instructor...
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23
February
2018
In 2017, around 855,000 tonnes of cargo were carried from Schiphol to every corner of the world. That’s about the same weight as 3,000 A380 aircraft. This volume makes us the third-largest cargo operator in Europe! What kinds of things are carried in...
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13
February
2018
Typical; at the exact moment that Sven skates the 10k, you're at Schiphol waiting for your flight. How annoying! No need to be sad, though, as you can follow the Olympic Games at various Schiphol locations. Here's a list of where you can watch the Ga...
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09
February
2018
Our new pier can best be described as a pier and mini terminal in one. The gates in this new pier will be opened in late 2019. Construction will begin soon, following a year of drawing up designs with no fewer than 100 people! Come take a look at the...
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31
January
2018
Sombreros, Van Gogh posters, credit cards, laptops and countless coats... Welcome to the wonderful world of Lost & Found. ...
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22
January
2018
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has polar bears running about. And, no, they are not growling on an ice floe or hiding in the snow. Our polar bears are the members of office staff who are called up to drive our snow sweepers when wintry storms blow in. An...
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12
January
2018
Remove your coat, take any liquids and your laptop out of your bag... it’s time for the security scan. But do you have to take your shoes off as well? And what about your belt and jewellery? Our security colleagues hear these questions quite often. A...
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03
January
2018
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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2017
24
December
2017
‘I’ll be home for Christmas’, Bing Crosby sang in 1943. But that doesn’t apply to everyone. While some people are sitting down to Christmas dinner with their family or in-laws, others are headed to work as usual. After all, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol...
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22
December
2017
Think you’ll have to spend Christmas Eve alone, waiting at your gate until your flight leaves? Think again! Because here at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol we also have a Christmas service for our passengers. Airport Chaplains Marieke Meiring and Joop Alb...
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20
December
2017
Car park P2 is being demolished to make room for a new terminal. The current structure needs to be removed before we can start building, and we are doing this without the use of a wrecking ball.  New-style demolition P2 is located between two i...
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18
December
2017
Hello there gold digger! Are you ready for a gold hunt through Schiphol? Good, cause if you dig well, you can win one of our special Happy Holidays-gift sets (with delicious champagne and chocolates)  We’ve hidden our well-known Schiphol tower thr...
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