It is easy to see how Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the fifth busiest airport in Europe. As the main port of entry to Netherlands, it gives travelers a chance to view some of the most historic and loveliest landmarks in its part of the continent. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol lets tourists visit the house where Anne Frank and her family lived (Anne Frank Huis), see a variety of classical art in some of the its museums (Rijksmuseum), smell fresh flowers (Amsterdam Tulip Museum), taste fine beer (Heineken Experience), and visit many more other spots in this fine city.
Opened in 1916 as a military airbase, the end of World War I saw the beginning of the public use of Schiphol. Those going here will find six runways in total, with five of them all measuring above 10,000 and no less than 11,000 to 12,500 ft. Only one runway measures below seven feet, which allow for simultaneous landing and take-off of various planes in the airport. Most of those who go here largely come from Europe, followed by above 10% from North America, and about 8% from Asia.
Due to the increasing numbers of travelers going to the airport, plans for future expansions are slated for the premises. There will be a new pier, as announced in 2012, including an expansion of the terminal, and a new parking garage. Other facilities might also be renovated to cope with the huge demand on the airport.
A one-terminal design is used for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where all the facilities can be found under one roof. It is divided into three sections that are called halls and numbered 1, 2, and 3. There are connected piers or concourses by each hall. Security is tight in these areas, preventing access to different areas.
The parts of the terminal are: Departure Hall 1 (consists of Piers B and C), Departure Hall 2 (Piers D and E), and Departure 3 (Piers F, G, H, and M). There is also a general aviation terminal opened in 2011 for both inbound and outbound general aviation flights, with exceptions for those in state events, emergencies, and humanitarian causes.
Some of the airlines serving Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Air Arabia Maroc, Air Astana, airBaltic, Air Cairo, Air Canada, Air Europa, Air France, Air Malta, Air Serbia, Air Transat, Alitalia, Arkefly, Arkia Israel Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Belavia, British Airways, Bulgaria Air, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, CityJet, Corendon Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, EgyptAir, El Al, Emirates, Estonian Air, and many more.
Services and Facilities
The Schiphol airport has its own control tower, making it generally safer for planes to land and take off from the premises. Other than that, the facilities in this European port of entry are enviable indeed, from the museum, library, and rooftop observation deck. There is even a large shopping area in the premises, which produce additional revenue for the airport. Large areas for cargo-bearing planes are also provided, which also make Amsterdam airport one of the best public-use and commercial airport in Western Europe.