Redevelopment : Departures 1 and Lounge 1

The number of passengers at Schiphol continues to rise. In order to accommodate that growth, we are renovating, updating and extending Departures & Lounge 1. In Departure Hall 1, the addition of a new mezzanine will create more space for security, check-in and waiting areas. In the Lounge to the rear, we are also extending, adapting routes and increasing the range of facilities, such as catering outlets and shops. The result will be even more comfortable travel.

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Facts & figures

Due to the sharp increase in the number of passengers arriving at and departing from Schiphol, more capacity is required in Departure Hall and Lounge 1. In order to expand capacity, Departure Hall 1, Departure Lounge 1 behind it (the shopping area) and the areas immediately adjacent are all undergoing a smart redesign.

  • In Departure Hall 1 we are constructing a mezzanine, which will have a total surface of 5000 m2. That is the equivalent of a full-size football pitch!
  • The mezzanine will accommodate 21 security lanes, six more than previously. All lanes will be equipped with CT scans, which will speed up the security process for passengers considerably.
  • For this redevelopment, we create a new route to the Panorama Terrace with brand new stairs, escalators and a lift. To make all this possible, we have moved the frontage in Departure Hall 1 four metres. You will see this clearly when you are in Departure Hall 1.
  • Passengers travelling through Departure Hall 1 without hold baggage will be able to enter the mezzanine directly from the entrance using the new stairs, escalators or lift. This means they will no longer need to go through the check-in area, reducing overcrowding in the check-in hall.
  • To ensure that the renovation work goes smoothly, we have also built a Temporary Security Filter. This is a new building with a floor area of 1500 m2. The security filter has space for eight security lanes and will ensure that we can always provide the security capacity that is required.
  • Lounge 1 will be completely renovated to create extra space. The offices below will be relocated and this area will also be incorporated into the Lounge. In total, we are redeveloping an area the size of four football pitches (around 20,000 m2).


The security filter on the new mezzanine in Departure Hall 1 is scheduled to be up and running by the end of November 2020. We will complete the adaptation and extension of Departure Lounge 1 in early 2025.

Insiders info

  • Opportunities and challenges during the coronavirus crisis

    Project Manager Ronald Pronk shares the challenges the project Redevelopment of Departure and Lounge 1 (HT1) faced during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Departure Lounge 1: Everyone on cloud nine

    Project Manager Krijn Hombrink tells us more about the new design of Departure Lounge 1. A space with living trees, shops, workspaces and easy chairs; light effects that show you where to go.

  • A new walking route for 24,000 passengers

    For months, process developer Elise de Kok has been carefully planning the new walking route for Departure Hall 1 passengers to the Temporary Security Filter (TSF). She has cooperated with numerous specialists.

  • Renovation Lounge 1: a major logistical challenge

    The design process for the new Departure Lounge 1 is now in full swing. But there is so much more to a redevelopment project on this scale. Hilde Eijkelkamp of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Project Office (PLUS) has been immersed in the practical side of things for months.

  • Lounge 1: No longer just a ‘waiting area’

    Linda Rijlaarsdam from Consumers and Bianca Jansen from Operations are responsible for the design process of the new lounge being planned for Terminal 1. ' By designing it together, we should get the best results for passengers.’

  • Departure hall by day, construction site by night

    As soon as the last travellers have left Departure Hall 1 in the evening, Nico Bogaard and his colleagues starts their working day. They are building a mezzanine floor for the brand-new security filter.

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