Expanding: Uniform Platform
As passenger numbers at Schiphol continue to grow, airlines are responding by using increasing numbers of large aircraft for flights to and from Amsterdam. These so-called wide-body aircraft occasionally need a temporary stand if there is no room for them at the gate. Additional remote holding capacity is needed in order to accommodate this. As soon as possible. We are therefore extending one of the remote holding locations, the Uniform Platform. As a result of the building work between now and 2020, there will be an additional seven buffer positions available.
Today major improvements. Tomorrow far better movement.
Facts & figures
Every year, increasing numbers of wide-body aircraft (with two or more aisles) are landing at Schiphol. Of course, there needs to be sufficient space to accommodate all of them. Without the option of a temporary stand (remote holding), waiting times can quickly mount. This creates hassle for travellers, airlines and above all air traffic control. This is why it is important to create additional capacity.
The Uniform platform is a remote holding location relatively close to the gates. It currently provides space for five wide-body aircraft (or 10 narrow bodies), but this is not enough for the current demand. The work between now and 2020 will create seven new temporary stands. The Uniform platform is being extended from 5 to 12 stands.
The work on the Uniform platform is being done in several phases. First the future taxiway will be used for a time as a remote holding location, taking the number of stands from 5 to 9. Further expansion in phase 2 will make 12 stands available by 2020.
Cables moved further underground
We are currently running a pilot at the new Uniform platform to see if the cabling can be moved to casings in the lowest asphalts layers. ‘In the long term, this will be a lot more efficient and cost-effective.’