Boosting connectivity at Amsterdam’s airport
According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, in Dutch, Easyjet said the deal would create 400 jobs in the Netherlands and will allow the company to expand its destination network from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Furthermore, easyJet’s CEO Carolyn McCall tells the paper she believes that easyJet’s passenger numbers to and from Amsterdam will double from their present total of 3.5 million a year. Around one third of these are business travellers. This expansion means that easyJet’s capacity in Amsterdam will increase significantly.
The fact that Easyjet has chosen Schiphol to expand makes sense strategically: the airport is centrally located, resulting in a mere two hours’ flying time to all crucial business destinations within Europe. Schiphol now serves more than 300 destinations around the world with almost 100 airlines.
In 2013, Schiphol welcomed 52.6 million passengers, making it one of Europe’s busiest airports. Schiphol’s popularity among travellers is also reflected in the various awards Amsterdam’s airport has won: Most recently, in April 2014, Skytrax, a consultancy that conducts research into the quality of civil aviation, awarded Amsterdam Airport Schiphol the prize of Western Europe’s best airport at the 2014 World Airport Awards. In the global ranking, Schiphol now occupies fifth place.