Hardt: Hyperloop to the future

Schiphol will further expand its involvement in the hyperloop by continuing to cooperate with the Dutch company Hardt Hyperloop. The cooperation was announced in 2018, and together the parties performed a survey, showing that the hyperloop will play an important role in the airport’s ambition to become a sustainable, multimodal hub. The study shows that 12.5 million out of the total number of passengers expected to use Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2050, will be able to use the hyperloop instead.

The partners have performed a joint study demonstrating how the hyperloop could grow into a new, sustainable form of high-speed travel and that the hyperloop could replace a number of short-distance flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol by 2050. The study proposes a hyperloop network that connects Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to major airports nearby in Germany, Belgium, France and the United Kingdom that currently have direct flights to Schiphol. Hardt estimates that by 2050, approximately 73 million people will be flying between the cities in this network. The study shows that 12.5 million out of the total number of passengers expected to use Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in 2050, will be able to use the hyperloop instead. By replacing short-distance flights with the hyperloop, the airport will free up capacity that can then be used to retain the position of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as a leading European airport.

Follow-up steps

Schiphol and Hardt aim to make the potential developments from the study a reality by continuing to work together, and by continuing and expanding their research. Hardt has also arranged for talks with other parties and authorities to ensure that the hyperloop will be playing a central role in Europe’s sustainable high-speed transport network.