Traffic and transport figures for March 2018

In March of this year, 5.6 million passengers travelled to, from or via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, representing an increase of +7.7% relative to last year. The start of the Easter weekend boosted figures slightly.

Heavy fog led to flight cancellations at the begin of March, but the number of air transport movements rose nonetheless, by +1.6%. The growth in passenger numbers was due to larger aircraft and an improved load factor Growth in O&D* and transfer passengers remained steady at +7.9% and +7.4%, respectively.


The number of cargo flights dropped in March by -10.8%. Full freighters saw a slightly higher load factor, however, thus limiting the overall decline to -4.7%. In spite of growth in passenger movements, belly freight volume (in passenger aircraft) was down, putting the total cargo volume at -4.8% less than in the same period last year.

Passenger destinations
Nearly 3.9 million passengers travelled within Europe, an increase of +7.2%. Nearly all countries experienced growth in traffic. The fastest-growing routes were to Eastern Europe: Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Poland (Katowice, Kraków and Warsaw). Intercontinental traffic grew by +8.9%, with traffic to and from India profiting from the new connection to Bangalore. Other major destinations recording double digit growth were Mexico, Morocco, Brazil and Egypt.

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*O&D passengers starting (departure) or ending (arrival) their trip at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.