A true European gateway in Amsterdam

In 2016, its 100th-anniversary year, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed a 63.6-million passengers, an increase of 9.1% compared to 2015. The cargo volume at the airport also increased, by 1.8% to a record 1.7-million tonnes. These are the preliminary 2016 figures of the Schiphol Group, and the definitive figures will be released when the official financial statements are published on 17 February.

Schiphol currently provides 323 flight connections to airports in 98 different countries, provided by more than 100 different airlines from all over the world. The airport ranks as one of Europe’s four major hubs and is one of the two main bases for Air France-KLM and the SkyTeam alliance. Schiphol is also a main driver of the regional Dutch economy, generating on-airport jobs for 64,000 people.

A great year for Schiphol’s cargo

A record amount of cargo also passed through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2016. Schiphol, which is Europe’s third-largest air cargo hub, had a strong end to the year, with December figures up more than 10.4% compared to the same month in 2015.

“We had a strong start to 2016 due to several new carriers making use of Schiphol, and expansion by existing players, and there was an increase in traffic levels in the second half of the year resulting in a total tonnage that surpassed our expectations,” said Schiphol’s Head of Cargo Jonas van Stekelenburg.

Plans to generate more growth in the future include better digital information exchange and improvements in the supply chain, particularly for pharma, e-commerce and perishables. These initiatives include a new same-day delivery service for e-commerce called 12send, the Pharma Gateway Amsterdam project, and the Holland Flower Alliance, which is a new collaboration between RoyalFlora Holland, KLM Cargo, and Schiphol Cargo.