Newsroom Schiphol (blog)

2018
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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05
December
2017
Nothing beats a nice peanut butter sandwich, or chips with a good dollop of Dutch mayonnaise and peanut sauce. Lots of people take these tasty treats back home from their holiday in the Netherlands. There is only one problem: all too often, they put ...
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27
November
2017
Whether you are looking for the nearest H&M or the exact route from Security Control to your gate, from now on the Maps app on your iPhone is your best friend (just be sure to update to iOS11). Out of the ‘blue’ Mapping out your route in the te...
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10
November
2017
Baby on board! Even a newborn can become a true globetrotter. In principle, you can take your baby with you on a flight after it has turned six weeks old. However, we understand that taking your little one with you might be somewhat intimidating. We’...
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02
November
2017
In 1929, departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM began the world's longest regular scheduled flight, one to Batavia (Indonesia). The trip took thirteen days, but it was impressive nonetheless. Today the trip is made 24 times as quickly, with p...
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02
November
2017
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is getting busier by the day. Various media have reported that the airport is responding by tightening the reigns on its allocation of landing rights, and even revoking those rights. However, this is a misconception. In rea...
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31
October
2017
So there you are, leaving for your holiday and in the middle of departing from Runway 09-27 you suddenly see a plane on fire… No need to worry, just take a deep breath and keep calm. That is just our FireFly! And it is set alight every day by our fir...
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23
October
2017
If you look outside from your seat in the aircraft, you might just see them tearing past: the bright yellow cars with speakers mounted on the roof and a bird painted on the bonnet. Those are our Kieviten! The word is Dutch for ‘lapwing’. We can imagi...
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23
October
2017
“Attention please, passengers for KLM flight 325 to Athens will board via gate D15”; “For taxis, please follow the signs to the official taxi stand.” Every day, some 350 public announcements are made at our airport. But who is actually doing the anno...
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14
September
2017
In 2008, together with the aviation sector, the government and local residents, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol established three objectives for the further development of the Dutch aviation sector: noise mitigation, quality of life improvement and Mainpo...
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21
August
2017
Various media outlets published articles today concerning safety on the runways at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. This is because 47 runway incursions were reported last year. What type of incidents are we talking about? And exactly how unsafe were thes...
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16
August
2017
You might never stop to consider it, but while you are enjoying your in-flight film, all kinds of things are travelling right along with you aboard your flight! Your fellow passengers, the aircraft personnel and everyone's baggage, sure. But we load ...
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21
July
2017
‘I’m going through Customs’ is the expression I hear most during my work day. But in actual fact, it’s incorrect. Let me explain why. Ben, an officer from the Border Control Agency The difference between customs and passport control You’ve a...
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14
July
2017
Hands up, legs apart and a nice smile for the camera. As part of our security check, every time you travel you'll go through a glass compartment that, in two seconds flat, scans your entire body. People often ask me what I can see of them on my compu...
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