From special arrival to guided tour: It happens at Schiphol

Schiphol is a magical location for special events. From celebrities and state visits to international sports teams departing for or returning from the Olympic Games or world championships. The airport is also the setting for special requests by charities, events, demonstrations and guided tours for groups. The Special Operations team will help you ensure that everything runs smoothly.

Special requests

To turn your special or specific requests into reality at Schiphol, you will need help from our colleagues who know what is and is not possible at our airport. A special departure of a sports team, a guided tour for a large group of people, or musicians arriving in their own aircraft: all of this needs special supervision and meticulous organisation. Operations at Schiphol continue 24/7. So a lot of coordination is needed for special requests and we have to obtain the necessary permits.

Contact us

If you would like us to accommodate a special request, please let us know your plans as early as possible. We need at least four weeks to process your request. You can contact us by filling out the form below and sending it to

The Special Operations team comprises Linda Broekhuisen, Mattijs Möller and Sabrina de Graaf

The Special Operations team comprises Linda Broekhuisen, Mattijs Möller and Sabrina de Graaf

Frequently asked questions about special requests

How much do special requests cost?

The Special Operations team doesn’t charge anything for its time and effort. However, costs may be associated with the use of particular services or facilities. We will of course discuss this with you beforehand, so you will not get any unpleasant surprises.

How far in advance should I submit my request?

Depending on the scale of your request or application you should take into account at least four weeks’ processing time.

Can I apply to you for a guided tour of Schiphol for groups?

Yes, you can come to us for guided tours of Schiphol for groups. But we deal with your application only if there is a link to aviation or the aviation processes at Schiphol. If that is the case, we will discuss a suitable time and date for the guided tour. We can accommodate groups of up to 25 people. The minimum age is 15 years.

How many people may take part in a guided tour?

That depends on exactly where the guided tour takes place. But in any case the maximum group size is 25 people. The minimum age is 15.

May I use Schiphol as a film location?

Schiphol is a wonderful location for filming and photography, but this is subject to a number of conditions. You can read more about it on the photography and film page.