[Updated 6 July 2019]
Did you know Schiphol is 100 years old?
Here are 34 things and counting that I know about Amsterdam Airport Schiphol:
- The airport’s official English name is Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
- First (military) aircraft landed on 19 September 1916.
- That first plane was a French military Farman F-22 plane.
- First concrete runway was laid in 1938
- The IATA Code for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is AMS. The ICAO Code is EHAM.
- It is situated 4.5 meters below sea level.
- The airport area covers 2,787 hectares.
- Schiphol has 5 main runways, 90 gates, 73 aprons and 25 cargo aprons.
- Polder runway is the longest at Schiphol measuring 3,800 m/12,467 ft in length
- Who owns Schiphol? It has 4 shareholders; largest shareholder is the Dutch state, after which comes Amsterdam, then Aéroports de Paris and Rotterdam.
- There are 104 airlines flying to 98 countries offering direct flights from Amsterdam to 327 destination all over the world.
- Schiphol Airport welcomed over 58.2 million passengers in 2015.
- Fourth largest airport in Europe.
- Best Airport in Europe Award 2015 according to Business Traveller (UK).
- The first airport on the European mainland to open tax free shops in 1957.
- From 1958 to the late 1980s you could buy a tax-free car at Schiphol and ship the car back home.
- 3rd busiest airport in Europe 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe
- 11th busiest in the world by passenger traffic 2018 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_busiest_airports_by_passenger_traffic
- 20th busiest by cargo traffic in the world 2018
- 3rd in Europe in terms of cargo volumes.
- Approximately 500 companies within the airport grounds with 67,000 employees.
- Visit Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showcasing paintings by the famous Dutch Masters. Free admission. Location at Holland Boulevard*.
- Visit Nemo Science Museum Schiphol branch. Free admission. Also located at Holland Boulevard*.
- Opened in 2010, world first airport with Airport Library.
- Opened in 2011, world first airport with Airport Park; an open air outdoor city park after security check.
- Free Wifi which allows you basic internet online browsing in four-hourly increments. Paid premium Wifi is available too.
- Victoria’s Secret chose Schiphol for its first European store.
- Johnnie Walker set up its first European Johnnie Walker House in Departure Lounge 2.
- Starbucks Schiphol was the first establishment in the Netherlands.
- Check out Schiphol Panorama Terrace Observation Deck located on the 3rd floor public area between Arrival 1 and Arrival 2 for amazing views of planes platforms. Opens daily.
- Within the same location, climb on board an old Fokker 100 KLM aircraft viewing exhibit to check out the inside of the plane and the cockpit. Free entry. Opens daily.
- No sale of chewing gum anywhere in the airport. A policy to reduce the amount of gum on the floor.
- One of the biggest robberies in Dutch history happened at Schiphol. On 25 February 2005, thieves hijacked a security van at cargo terminal full of diamonds and jewels worth around 75 million euros.
- Schiphol Behind the Scenes Tour is a family friendly bus tour with video commentary inside and around the airport passing by fire station, the snow fleet, the airplane hangers, private jets landing, etc. Paid tour with daily schedules. http://www.schipholbehindthescenes.nl/en/
*Holland Boulevard is accessible if you are flying to and from non-Schengen departures – located on first floor of the terminal building between Piers E and F.