Schiphol again a leading hub
In a recently published report, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol came in at second place worldwide in terms of having the most and the best connections. The Airport Connectivity Industry Report 2016 found that Schiphol outscored the leading airports in the US, Asia, and the Middle East.
With 52,000 possible transfer connections, the ACI report shows that Schiphol is highly competitive (Dutch link) in the European and global playing field, and is now regarded as one of the best-connected airports in the world. This extensive network of destinations helps Schiphol to facilitate economic growth in the Netherlands, and also contributes to the competitiveness of the region.
The report analyses connectivity data to provide insights into how well Europe is connected by air, both internally and with other regions in the world. It was commissioned by Airports Council International Europe, an industry group that represents 500 airports in 45 European countries. Its umbrella organisation, Airports Council International, represents airports worldwide.
Hub status promotes economic growth
Schiphol is the only major hub in Europe to have grown significantly in terms of hub connectivity since 2015. This was due largely to the airlines, but also to factors such as Schiphol’s runway system and its short transfer times.
More than 300 destinations can now be reached from Schiphol via direct flights, of which there are 4,633 every week. The airport also took second place among European airports in terms of connectivity to the Asia Pacific region, and third to North America.
Investing in the future
To maintain its current position, Schiphol continues to invest in sustainable new projects that will help it maintain its hub function. Recent steps in this direction include the building of a new pier and terminal, and the development of Lelystad Airport.