Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is located just southwest of Amsterdam and is the Netherlands’ main International airport. Transavia, Martinair, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Arkfly and KLM all use the airport as their primary hub. Delta Air Lines utilizes the airport as a European hub. Vueling utilizes the airport as a base. The airport is considered to be an Airport City, which basically means that there are a number of venues “inside the fence” which may include theme parks, medical facilities, hotels, retail, offices and so on. In terms of passenger traffic, the airport ranks as the fourth busiest airport in Europe and the 14th busiest airport in the world. In 2011, the airport served 49.8 million passengers.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is built as one large terminal that is split into separate halls. The airport has six runways, and plans for a terminal expansion. The airport features 18 double jet way gates.
Schiphol features large shopping areas that attracts passengers and offers them a venue to enjoy time as they wait for flights. The airport also features contemporary and classical art exhibits at no cost. Passengers also have access to a 1,200 book collection in the airport library. Other highlights of the airport include a museum and a large rooftop viewing area. The airport also features a number of retail shops where travellers can shop for hours upon hours as they wait for their flight.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport also has a mortuary on the airport premises where the dead can be handled once they arrive or before they depart. Another unique feature of the airport is that it provides facilities for couples to get married.
The airport is idea for families travelling with children with many interesting things to do and see. Kid Zones are featured for young travellers that would like to burn some energy while waiting for flights. The areas offer activities, slides, miniature planes and other excitements for children to enjoy. Baby changing facilities are also available for families with infants. Travellers with disabilities are also provided with special facilities and services to ensure that their travel needs are catered to.
Airport Parking and Transfers
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport provides a number of parking options for all users. Short stop parking, visitor parking, park garages, valet parking and parking for the disabled as well as motorcycle parking are all available.
Ground transportation provided at the airport includes taxi, bus service, car rental, limos and shuttle services.