Improved connectivity

With many new routes added throughout 2016 and more to follow in the months ahead, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is now connecting to more destinations than ever. The cities in 2016 that gained the most new flights from Amsterdam were Delhi, Toronto, Shanghai, Tehran, Miami, Havana, Tel Aviv, New York, Mexico City and Muscat. New European cities that can now be reached non-stop from Amsterdam include Dresden, Genoa, Bergerac, Rennes, Doncaster and Dundee.

Schiphol now Europe’s number three airport

In 2016, Schiphol saw the most growth of all the major European airports, with the number of passengers travelling through Schiphol increasing by almost 10% to almost 64 million. This surpasses Frankfurt and Istanbul to make Schiphol it the third-busiest airport in Europe. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol currently offers direct flights to 322 destinations worldwide, offered by 108 airlines.

2016 a major growth year

The Indian airline Jet Airways began its daily non-stop service between India and Amsterdam in late 2016, operating daily flights to Mumbai and Delhi. The company also recently announced a new daily non-stop flight from Bengaluru (Bangalore) to Amsterdam that will begin in October 2017.

KLM is also increasing the frequency of its flights between Amsterdam and abroad, including more flights to Tehran, Windhoek, Dublin and Miami. Windhoek in particular is a destination that had never been directly accessible from Schiphol. The airline is also making more flights available to destinations such as Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Havana, Colombo, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Colombo.

Likewise, Morocco’s Air Arabia Maroc has announced plans to launch a new route between Amsterdam and Fez, to begin on 14 June. Fez is a new destination for Schiphol, with Air Arabia Maroc already offering routes from Amsterdam to Nador and Tanger. There will also be new flights from Amsterdam to Zurich offered by both Transavia and easyJet, and China Airlines will offer four direct flights per week to Taipei – a route that for many years was flown via Bangkok.