Schiphol Airport
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Schiphol Airport (AMS)

Schiphol Airport (AMS)

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Schiphol Amsterdam Airport serves as the Netherland’s main aviation hub for international air travel. Situated just 5.6 miles / 9.1 km southwest of Amsterdam, it is not just a destination for world-wide tourists wishing to visit this amazing city, Schiphol is also a major airport for European and inter-continental flight connections.

Its official name is really Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, which is in recognition of the original Dutch word order of Luchthaven Schiphol, similar to the German Flughafen Schiphol name. The official IATA code is AMS to reflect this.

Some of the world’s biggest airlines are using the airport as their base, among them KLM, Delta Air Lines and Martinair. The airport is Europe’s 4th busiest and in terms of passenger traffic it ranks as the world’s 12th busiest airport. In 2010 some 45.3 million passengers were handled and this number has been growing steadily ever since.

Schiphol has no fewer than six runways. The actual building is really one gigantic terminal with three large departure halls. There are plans a foot, which would enlarge the terminal further, even the construction of an additional terminal is under discussion.

The airport charges high landing fees and sees such intense air traffic that many budget airlines have had to move to smaller, less busy locations in the Netherlands, such as Rotterdam, Eindhoven and The Hague for example. There are, however, still plenty of budget airlines offering flights to and from Schiphol, such as EasyJet and Bmibaby for example, who use the low-cost H-pier to keep costs down for their operations.

From 2012 onwards the first Airbus A380 super-sized planes are scheduled to fly into Schiphol, namely via Malaysian Airlines. The airport can offer 18 double jetway gates for this purpose and it will mark a turning point in aviation history, when such flights start operating.

Passengers using the airport will find it very busy, but modern and well equipped with large shopping areas such as Schiphol Plaza, a shopping centre within the terminal. Indeed, there are other attractions too, such as the world’s first airport library, which opened in 2010, no doubt to the delight of many bookworm-passengers, who were looking forward to using the 1,200 books in 29 different languages on offer alongside music that can be downloaded free of charge. There’s also a museum to while away the time prior to boarding.

A spacious viewing area on a rooftop provides aviation enthusiasts and visitors with great views over the whole complex. It is not accessible to connecting passengers, but visitors have free access to enjoy a day out and see the various aviation exhibits along the way.

A central plaza connects the various arrivals and departure halls in this one large terminal building. In total passengers have some 165 boarding gates for their use for flights to Ljubljana, Moscow, Madrid, London-City, Malta, Riga, Turing, Milan, Antalya, Hurghada and many more destinations in Europe and the rest of the world.

Getting to the airport and leaving it is easy with a major railway station being located underneath the passenger terminal complex. From here trains connect to other cities in the Netherlands, such as Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede and Groningen for example.

Via the international high speed train connection called Thalys passengers can travel to international destinations such as Brussels or Antwerp in Belgium and Paris in France. An intercity train connects Amsterdam also with Berlin in Germany, with services running every 2 hours.

Buses also run regularly between the airport and the city of Amsterdam throughout the day and night. Motorists can take the highways A4 and A9 to Schiphol Airport  and park their cars in one of the thousands of parking spaces available for short stay and long stay.

The official code of AMS is assigned to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please find below GPS coordinates which may help you in your arrival or departure. The Coordinates are 52.30861, 4.76389 which you can enter into your Smartphone or in-car GPS.

Please find below a selection of Airlines, Destination and approx flight times from Amsterdam Airport.

Destination Weekly Flights Distance
Heathrow (LHR) 131 370 Km (230 Miles)
Frankfurt (FRA) 87 366 Km (227 Miles)
Madrid (MAD) 85 1,461 Km (908 Miles)
Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 83 398 Km (247 Miles)
Munich (MUC) 80 664 Km (413 Miles)
Copenhagen (CPH) 79 633 Km (394 Miles)
Barcelona (BCN) 77 1,241 Km (771 Miles)
London City (LCY) 74 335 Km (208 Miles)
Vienna Schwechat (VIE) 56 959 Km (596 Miles)
Zurich (ZRH) 55 603 Km (375 Miles)

KLM, Delta Air Lines and KLM Cityhopper are the busiest airlines companies that fly from the airport and cover the majority of the destinations The busiest being KLM which covers a total of 2,431 flights a week form a total of 9908 Of all the destinations from Amsterdam-Schiphol, KLM covers 25%. KLM offers flights from Amsterdam Schiphol to the most popular destinations including Charles De Gaulle, London Heathrow, London City, Barajas, Kastrup and Frankfurt International.

You can see below a selection of nonstop flights covered from Amsterdam with approximate times

Airliner Destination Flight Time (Est)
KLM Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) 1 Hour 11 Minutes
KLM Heathrow (LHR) 1 Hour 6 Minutes
KLM London City (LCY) 1 Hour
KLM Madrid (MAD) 2 Hours 32 Minutes
KLM Copenhagen (CPH) 1 Hour 33 Minutes
KLM Frankfurt (FRA) 1 Hour 5 Minutes

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