Schiphol welcomed 51 million passengers in 2012, representing a 2.6% growth from 2011. According to eurostat, the airport in Madrid saw a decrease of passengers by 8.9%, welcoming approximately 45 million passengers.
London’s Heathrow Airport remains Europe's busiest airport, followed by airports in Paris and Frankfurt.
Forecast for 2013
In 2013, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is expected to have another record year. During the first half of 2013, the airport welcomed 3% more passengers. This puts the airport in an exclusive group of leading European airports in terms of passenger growth. Freight also saw a 1.7% increase over the same period.
Award winning airport
The fact that Schiphol continues to attract more passengers is further illustrated by the vast number of international prizes and accolades that the airport continues to receive. In spring 2013, Schiphol was again awarded the prize of Best Airport in Europe at the Passenger Choice Awards by Skytrax, a consultancy group that conducts research into the quality of civil aviation. Additionally, Schiphol was ranked as one of the world’s top three airports.