Record number of passengers
The record number of passengers passing through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2014 represents a 4.6% annual growth. In addition, freight saw an even larger increase of 6.5%, taking the total freight volume to more than 1.6 million tons. The number of air transport movements also increased significantly – by 3% – to over 438,000.
Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO, announced the provisional figures during the company’s New Year reception. In a statement, he commented: “These figures show that Schiphol Group has achieved growth in all of its operations. This is no reason for complacency, however. In collaboration with our home carrier KLM, other airlines and business partners we will continue to work hard to strengthen the role of Schiphol as a mainport, with a view to remaining Europe's preferred airport. Our regional airports equally play a key role here."
Schiphol’s central location is one of the reasons for the airport’s success: most crucial business destinations within Europe are a mere two hours’ flight time away, and Schiphol serves more than 300 destinations around the world with almost 100 airlines. Presently, Amsterdam Airports Schiphol is the fourth-busiest airport in Europe, and the number of passengers travelling through the award-winning airport increases every year. For 2015 Nijhuis expects further modest growth in the number of passengers and freight. To accommodate this continuous growth, Schiphol has announced plans to expand with a new pier and terminal.