Schiphol wins again
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has been voted (Dutch link) “Best European Airport 2016” by British business travellers. This is the 27th time that the airport has won the prestigious Business Traveller Award, chosen readers of Business Traveller magazine. Travellers from the United Kingdom are important for Schiphol, and around 15% of all passengers using Schiphol come from the UK.
Part of a global hub
Schiphol is also now the second-largest hub airport in the world, according to the latest figures from Airport Council International (ACI). ACI’s Connectivity Report 2016 shows (PDF) that Schiphol is also a very strong worldwide hub, with 323 direct destinations and 52,000 transfer connections.
Strengthening this hub capacity even more are the nearby Port of Amsterdam and the region’s high concentration of data centres. Together, these assets mean that the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers an extremely well-connected infrastructure, for both residents and business.
Schiphol’s level of connectivity is unique in the world, and is set to improve even more. Azerbaijan Airlines will be starting operations there in May 2017, and that summer, Transavia will launch new destinations from Amsterdam to Helsinki, Belgrade, Sofia and other cities. Likewise, KLM will soon begin operating more flights to Dublin, and India-based Jet Airways will also be increasing its capacity at Schiphol.
Sustainability also plays a key role in these developments, and sustainable businesses are actively encouraged at Schiphol. The airport was recently awarded the LEED Platinum sustainable construction certificate for its TransPort office building at Schiphol-East. And in 2014, Schiphol received the Airports Going Green award in Chicago for its sustainability efforts, recognising the airport's focus on the environment, noise, and reducing CO2 emissions.
To maintain this leading position requires continued investment in Schiphol’s strong and sustainable growth. Relevant developments include a new pier and terminal, as well as improvements in the airport’s accessibility.