On Septmber 15 Amsterdam Airport Schiphol launched the complete renovation of its Departure Lounge 2. With a new layout, the lounge will increase its retail and food & beverage capacity by around 20%. Located beyond passport control the work is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015.
The redeveloped lounge will be sub-divided into seven world food & beverage themes. The airport says each theme world will offer passengers a specific experience: “with plenty to enjoy for adults as well as children.” The themes are: Luxury, Family, Travel and Culture, Modern Dutch, See Buy Fly, Fashion and Lifestyle, and Care and Wellness. Each theme is characterised by its use of specific materials and designs, and includes appropriate services such as seating areas, food & beverage outlets and shops. Furnishings focus on the use of sustainable materials such as FSC-certified wood and LED lighting with motion sensors.
The shops in Departure Lounge 2 will remain partially open during the refurbishment, with smaller, temporary sites. Passengers will also be able to use the shops and food and beverage outlets in Departure Lounge 3. The work will be carried out in phases, with as much as possible being done at night. Passengers may need to follow temporary diversions during the refurbishment of Departure Lounge 2. Signage will be in place and airport staff on hand to provide directions.
The renovation of Departure Lounge 2 is part of Schiphol’s Master Plan, a comprehensive renovation programme to strengthen its capacity and improve levels of comfort and efficiency for passengers. The Master Plan includes the introduction of centralised security throughout the terminal, the construction of a new Hilton hotel, the development of Area A to the south of the terminal, and the renovation of the security filter in Departure Hall 1. Construction work started in July 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2018.