More than 52.5mn passengers pass through in 2013
Among many postings of record passenger numbers in the travel industry for 2013, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol welcomed more than 52.5 million passengers in 2013, a rise of 3% compared to 2012 and a new record.
The number of aircraft movements in 2013 increased by 0.5% to almost 426,000 and the number of direct destinations served from Schiphol rose from 317 to 323.
“It’s good news that 2013 saw growth in both passenger numbers and cargo,” Jos Nijhuis, Schiphol Group’s president and CEO, said. “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 over the next three years in maintaining our position as Europe’s Preferred Airport.”
Construction work started in 2013 on the transition from decentralised to centralised security for the 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 airport said.
The number of security lanes at Departure Hall 1 (for Schengen flights) is being doubled and made more customer-friendly. These works started on January 5. And departure lounges 1 and 2 are being refurbished.
Dutch Daily News
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