About Schiphol: Surprisingly versatile

Schiphol has had a very storied 100 years. From its on-site museum to its impressive sustainability records, there’s a lot here to spark your imagination.

Schiphol overview

Schiphol turned 100

2016 marked the airports 100th anniversary. It began as a small pastoral landing strip in 1916 that was primarily used by the military. Today it's a bustling international hub that welcomes millions of travellers every year.

KLM is founded

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines played an integral role in the development of Schiphol. The first commercial flight from Amsterdam to London took place on 17 May 1920. Shortly thereafter, the number of commercial flights grew rapidly.

Destroyed and rebuilt

Schiphol suffered almost total destruction during WWII. It was rebuilt in the months and years after independence, and flights resumed as early as July 1945. Growth swiftly continued from that point on. It now has 6 runways for take-off and landing. It's also a place where travellers, goods and ideas flow in to the Netherlands, and out to the world.

A vibrant hub

Schiphol is anything but boring. It has a vibrant shopping centre, children's playgrounds and even an on-site museum. You can also make use of free Wi-Fi. It's also extremely compact, where you'll find everything under one roof. You can also walk across the entire airport in about twenty minutes.

Creating tomorrow

We have done everything we can to reduce Schiphol's carbon footprint, and will continue to do so. We use green electricity and energy-efficient LED lighting wherever possible, heat and cool the terminal with sustainable sources, and have a large fleet of Tesla taxis to get you to your destination with as little noise and pollution as possible.


Did you know that over 58-million people travelled by way of Schiphol in 2015?

Sustainable transport

The world’s largest fleet of sustainable taxis can be found in front of Schiphol Plaza, the airport’s main foyer.

Passenger flight

The first passenger plane landed at Schiphol on 17 May 1920 at 12:40.