Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed more than 52.5 million passengers in 2013, a rise of 3 per cent compared to 2012 and a new record. Cargo saw growth from August onwards and reached more than 1.5 million tonnes, an increase of 3.5 per cent. The number of aircraft movements in 2013 increased by 0.5 per cent to almost 426,000, and the number of direct destinations served from Schiphol rose from 317 to 323.
Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO, announced the provisional figures at the company’s New Year’s reception today.
Jos Nijhuis: “It’s good news that 2013 saw growth in both passenger numbers and cargo. In spite of these positive figures, it remains important for us to maintain the international competitiveness of the Mainport Schiphol. That’s why we’ll be investing 1.5 billion euros over the next three years in maintaining our position as Europe’s Preferred Airport.”
In 2013, construction work started on the transition from decentralised to centralised security for the entire terminal. This change is being introduced to improve the passenger experience and to improve the efficiency of the boarding process for airlines and passengers. The number of security lanes at Departure Hall 1 (for Schengen flights) is also being doubled and made more customer-friendly. These works started on Sunday 5 January.
Departure Lounges 1 and 2 are also being refurbished partly as a result of the modifications required for the introduction of central security.