Amsterdam Airport, known officially as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, is the main international airport of the Netherlands, located 20 minutes from the city, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It is the fourth busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers. The airport serves as the main hub for KLM and KLM Cityhopper, its regional affiliate, as well as for Arkefly, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair, and Transavia.com. It is a European hub for Delta Air Lines and a base for Vueling. Amsterdam Airport serves approximately 50 million passengers per annum and operates several intercontinental airlines.
Amsterdam Airport has one terminal comprised of all facilities. The terminal is divided into three sections: 1, 2, and 3, with piers or concourses connected. It is possible to walk from between piers, even the ones connected to different halls on both sides of security of border inspection except for the low-cost pier (passengers cannot access other areas once airside). Departure Hall 1 is comprised of Piers B (14 gates) and C (21 gates), both of which are dedicated Schengen areas. Departure Hall 2 is comprised of Piers D and E. Pier D, the largest pier, has two levels. Non-Schengen flights operate in the lower floor while the upper floor is used for Schengen flights. Pier E is a dedicated non-Schengen area which has 14 gates and usually serves as the hub for SkyTeam airlines: Delta Air Lines and KLM, along with other members, such as China Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Departure Hall 3 is comprised of piers F (8 gates), G (13 gates), H (7 gates), and M (7 gates). Pier F is typically used and dominated by SkyTeam members KLM, Kenya Airways, China Airlines, and China Southern Airlines. Pier G is the only terminal that operates daily Airbus A380 service by Emirates while Piers H and M are used by low-cost airlines. Piers F, G, and H are non-Schengen areas while Pier M is a dedicated Schengen area. The General Aviation Terminal operates as the KLM Jet Center.
Services and Facilities
There’s a wide range of amenities and facilities within the terminal building to ensure that all passengers and visitors going through the airport have a comfortable and hassle-free experience. Public transport is made available such as taxis and buses, which are conveniently located in front of Arrivals and Departure halls. The direct train service from within and outside the city stops at the train station located under Schiphol Plaza at the terminal’s central hall. Bars, cafes, and restaurants are scattered throughout the terminal so passengers can eat anytime, anywhere within the airport. There’s also a wide variety of shops, including duty-free shops, within the terminal and also at the Schiphol Plaza. There are also business facilities for your business and office equipment needs, including telephone services, secretarial services, and more. A communication centre offers Internet facilities, mini-offices, and a post office. The airport’s Skyport business centre has rooms that can be rented for meetings. Facilities are also available for disabled passengers such as automatic doors, toilets, lifts, and wheelchairs which can be provided upon request. Electro-car services are also offered within the airport as well. The world’s first permanent airport library opened at Amsterdam Airport in 2010. Passengers can also read and download e-books, and download music by Dutch artists for free.