Schiphol welcomed 51 million passengers in 2012, representing a 2.6% growth in comparison with 2011. Freight saw a 3% decrease, bringing the total to 1.5 million tons. The number of air transport movements also increased slightly by 0.8% in 2012 (increasing to 423,407).
Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO, announced these provisional figures during the company’s New Year reception. In a press statement he noted: “In 2012, we welcomed the 50 millionth passenger to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. What's more, the network, which is important for the retention of an attractive business climate in the Netherlands, was expanded from 313 to 317 direct destinations. A magnificent performance from our domestic carrier KLM and the other airlines."
Busiest airport for European travel
Numbers published in 2012 by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) show that during 2011, the number of passengers that travelled through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol grew by more than 10%, reaching a record number of almost 50 million. During the first six months of 2012, the number of passengers that travelled through Schiphol also increased yet further.Of the nearly 50 million travellers who used the airport during 2011, 28 million travelled within the European Union. This makes Schiphol the largest airport for travellers within the EU. For intercontinental destinations, a higher percentage of passengers fly via London’s Heathrow airport.