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With 52,000 transfer connections, Schiphol has become the no. 2 hub airport in the world. This is the conclusion of the latest figures from the Airport Council International, the umbrella organisation of airports worldwide.
The ACI's 'Connectivity Report 2016' shows that the Schiphol hub occupies an extremely competitive position on the European and global playing field: the airport is now seen as one of the best-connected airports in the world. According to the report, this hub model is the future, as it’s the best way in which to offer connectivity.
Schiphol is the only large hub in Europe that has grown significantly in terms of hub connectivity. This aspect is largely achieved by airlines, but also by factors such as runway capacity and an efficient terminal for transfer passengers.
Thanks in part to the many transfer connections offered, more than 300 destinations can now be reached directly from Schiphol. Through its 'direct connectivity', Schiphol facilitates the economic growth of the Netherlands and contributes to its competitive power. But equally, Schiphol’s extensive network of destinations makes trips to and from the Netherlands easy and convenient both for Dutch people and visitors from abroad.
In order to maintain the airport's current position, it is essential to continue investing in the reinforcement and further sustainable growth of the Schiphol Mainport and its important hub function. For instance, the groundwork has now been laid to develop a new pier and terminal, as well as the station area and routes into Schiphol, and to continue developing Lelystad Airport.