News: Corona virus impact on building activities

The rules meant to protect everyone from the spread of the corona virus impact us all. They also have an impact on building activities at Schiphol. The aviation industry is in decline, and our operation has been scaled back to what we call a ‘Core Schiphol’ scenario. We expect that only the D-Pier and E-Pier will remain in use to keep our airport running as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Published on: 1 April 2020

Seek opportunities

The Dutch government has permitted building activities to continue. We are continuing with construction work at Schiphol, on condition that safety and quality is secured. We are using this time to accelerate planned projects and construction works, now that fewer piers are in use. We are currently examining opportunities for these projects in collaboration with our main contractors.

Continue to work safely

Safety is the most important guiding principle in our building activities, particularly during these unusual times. Schiphol is rigorously applying the rules issued by the Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, or RIVM) and Bouwend Nederland (Building Netherlands) in order to guarantee the safety of everyone at work. Bouwend Nederland developed points of focus for working at building sites. These include accounting for hygiene regulations, dividing the group during lunch breaks, and to work as much as possible within the same team and maintain a 1.5-metre distance from one other. Bouwend Nederland also established the ‘working through safely, together’ protocol. Schiphol is applying this protocol to all of its building activities.