Europe’s preferred airport is in Amsterdam
Schiphol welcomed receiving the “Best Airport in Europe 2014” award as a sign of recognition from British travellers. “We’re extremely proud to have been voted Europe’s best airport for the 25th time by British business travellers,” said Schiphol’s CCO Maarten de Groof. “We welcomed a total of 7.7 million passengers from the United Kingdom over the course of 2013.” The magazine gives out awards annually for the best airports and airlines of the world.
The accolade is only one of many awards for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to add to its trophy cabinet. 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.
The number of passengers discovering the advantages of choosing Schiphol is on the increase: in 2013, the airport welcomed 52.6 million passengers, 3% more than in 2012. The number of passengers is expected to increase even further – to around 65 million – over the course of the next decade. Currently, Schiphol is the fourth-busiest airport in Europe.
Green and sustainable
However, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol continues to grow in a sustainable way. The airport has numerous programmes in place that consider environmental impact. Examples of environmentally friendly measures taken by Schiphol include the use of biodiesel, reducing commuting by employees by encouraging working from home and promoting electric transport. All these efforts have resulted in a place among the world’s greenest airports, as Schiphol boasts the highest Airport Carbon Accreditation from ACI Europe, a worldwide professional association of airport operators.