Traffic and transport figures for May 2019

In May of this year, 6.4 million passengers flew from, to or via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. While the number of seats grew on average per air transport movement by 1.9% compared with May last year, to a decline in the load factor (by 1.2%) meant that the increase in passenger numbers remained limited to just 0.6%. The number of passengers who started or ended their journey at Schiphol decreased by 0.5%, while the number of transfer passengers increased by 3.3% relative to the same month last year.


The decrease in the number of cargo movements continued in May, with 11.7% fewer cargo aircraft using Schiphol than was the case in May last year. There was a fall in the average cargo load for cargo aircraft and for passenger flights. This situation resulted in a 7.6% decrease in volume.

Passenger destinations

May saw 4.7 million passengers travelling to and from European destinations (+0.7%). Poland and Austria are destinations that are soaring in popularity (20% and 16% growth, respectively). Destinations on the Mediterranean Sea are having a harder time. Italy experienced growth (1%), with passenger numbers for Spain, Greece and Croatia all falling year-on-year.

In May, Schiphol welcomed 1.8 million intercontinental passengers (+0.7%). Traffic to Japan, particularly Tokyo, increased by nearly one quarter. The USA grew by nearly 8%, as growth for the destinations of San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, New York JFK and Orlando Sanford reached double figures. The withdrawal of Jet Airways has more than halved the volume of traffic with India.

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