Schiphol Registers Record Number of Passengers

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed a record 51 million passengers in 2012, representing a 2.6% growth in comparison to 2011.  Freight saw a 3% decrease to 1.5 million tons, whereas air traffic movements increased slightly by 0.8% to 423,407.
Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s President and CEO, said that the results were better than expected, adding that the airport’s direct destinations had also grown from 313 to 317.
In 2013, renovation work for the transition to central security will commence, in the hopes that it will offer more passenger comfort and increase the efficiency of the boarding process, as well as meeting European regulations.
Mr Nijhuis said:  “It is a major operation that will have repercussions on much of the airport.  In addition to the introduction of central security, we are preparing an investment programme for the further development of our Mainport.  Exact plans will be specified in detail in the months ahead in consultation with our key stakeholders.”
The CEO was tentative about projected figures for the year ahead, claiming that a small increase in passengers and slight shrinkage in freight was expected.
(Image:  Schiphol)