Meet the Schiphol family

What do Eindhoven, John F. Kennedy and Brisbane airports have in common? They are all associated with Royal Schiphol Group – the company that owns and operates Amsterdam Airport Schiphol – in some way. Just like many of you have brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents in different parts of the world, Schiphol Group has 11 family members in four continents. Let us introduce you to them!

Europe

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Schiphol Group’s flagship airport is, of course, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. In 2019, Schiphol was the third busiest airport in Europe with 71.7 million passengers. And did you know that around 42% of people travelling through the airport are transfer passengers? Schiphol is a major hub with a network of 296 destinations in almost 100 countries! It’s also the home base of our national carrier KLM.

Eindhoven Airport

Schiphol Group is joint owner of Eindhoven Airport, along with the Municipality of Eindhoven and the Province of Noord-Brabant. It’s the second largest airport in the Netherlands, with 6.7 million passengers in 2019. Most flights departing from Eindhoven Airport go to European destinations. The busiest route is Eindhoven – London Stanstead.

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

You can fly to 50 European destinations from Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA). Some of the busiest routes are between RHTA and Malaga, Faro and Alicante – this airport is used a lot by travellers going on holiday! Another interesting fact is that RTHA is the location of several sustainability initiatives, including the production of sustainable aviation fuel and testing electric flight.

Lelystad Airport

At the moment, Lelystad Airport is the largest airport for general aviation in the Netherlands and you can go there for activities like training flights, sightseeing flights and aircraft rental. Schiphol Group hopes to open Lelystad as an international airport for holidays destinations in the near future.

Asia

Beijing Capital Airports

Schiphol Group has a sister agreement with Beijing Capital Airports Holding Company (CAH), aimed at knowledge sharing. CAH is the owner and operator of more than 50 airports in China. The latest to be opened is Beijing Daxing International Airport. Beijing Daxing has a terminal measuring 700,000 m2 (the same as 560 Olympic swimming pools) making it the world's largest single-building airport terminal.

Seoul Incheon Airport

Schiphol Group has a strategic partnership with Seoul Incheon Airport that mainly focuses on sharing knowledge about strategic airport processes, such as digital cargo flows. Seoul Incheon Airport is one of the world’s largest cargo airports, with 2.76 million tonnes of cargo transported in 2019. That’s about the same weight as 70 cruise ships!

JFK-Airport-New-York Terminal

North America

JFK Terminal 4

Schiphol Group has been actively involved in the development, expansion and activities in Terminal 4 at JFK International Airport in New York since 1997. Covering an area the size of almost 35 American football fields, it’s the largest terminal at JFK. More than 21 million passengers travel through T4 each year, it’s home to no less than 34 airlines and it serves as a major hub for Delta Air Lines.

Queen Beatrix International Airport

Queen Beatrix International Airport, or Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Beatrix as it is known in Papiamento, is located in Oranjestad on the Caribbean island of Aruba. It has been collaborating with Schiphol International since 2004. You can fly to 24 cities from Queen Beatrix International, with London and Amsterdam being the only ones outside of North America.

Princess Juliana International Airport

You may have already seen a photo of a plane flying towards Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten. It has one of the most spectacular landings in the world, with aircraft flying low over the heads of stunned sunbathers (the runway basically begins where the beach ends). Royal Schiphol Group has been supporting Princess Juliana International in the reconstruction of the airport following Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Australia

Brisbane Airport

Royal Schiphol Group has a 19.6% stake in Brisbane Airport Corporation, the operator of Brisbane Airport. Covering 2,700 hectares – equivalent to around 3781 football pitches – Brisbane Airport is the largest airport in Australia by size. It is even considered a suburb of the city of Brisbane and has its own postcode.

Hobart International Airport

On 1 November 2019, Schiphol Group welcomed a new family member when it acquired a 35% stake in Hobart International Airport in Tasmania, Australia. Hobart International is Australia’s southernmost airport and the ninth busiest, with 2.6 million passengers per year. Thanks to a tourism boom it’s also one the fastest-growing and, while the coronavirus pandemic has caused significant disruption, Hobart International is set to expand even further in the future.

If you’d like to find out more about Schiphol Group’s activities all around the world, visit the Schiphol International website.

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