Sustainable traffic to and from the airport
Schiphol wants to have optimal access to the airport. However, good air quality at and around Schiphol is also important. Our mobility and transport policy is focused on less and cleaner traffic to and from Schiphol. That means we continue to invest heavily in sustainable transport and good public transport connections.
We also encourage other parties at the airport to switch to electric vehicles. We will also conduct a feasibility study into setting up an environmental zone for the roads to and around the terminal.
Good public transport connections
Schiphol is easily accessible by public transport and there has been an increase in the number of travellers arriving by train or bus. In 2018, 46.3% of travellers came to Schiphol by public transport. Yet it can always be better. That is why we advocate for extending the North-South metro line to Schiphol. That will make travel to Schiphol more comfortable and reliable by public transport. The expansion and improvements to Schiphol Train Station will also contribute. This will all happen in the coming years. Schiphol itself is investing 70 million euros in these activities.
Electric taxi fleet and shared cars
Schiphol encourages travel by public transport and discourages pick-ups and drop-offs by car. However, Schiphol offers sustainable alternatives for those times when using a car is more useful. A number of taxi companies at Schiphol began using 100 percent electric taxis from October 2014 onwards. The more than 700 official taxis are now emission-free. And electric shared cars can be rented using Car2Go.
Electrified public transport buses
100 Connexxion electrified buses have been running at and around Schiphol since the end of March 2018. They ensure that there are less ultrafine particles at the airport and in the surrounding areas. It is the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. That number will increase to 258 electric buses in 2021, when almost all public transport buses will be electric. We are aiming for 100 percent electric buses in and around the airport.
Sustainable traffic for employees at and to Schiphol
Schiphol encourages employees to come to Schiphol by public transport. On the ground, we encourage employees to use shared cars and bicycles by placing them in various places. These can also be used by other parties based on our site and these services will be expanded in the coming years. Schiphol Group employees with a lease car can only choose an electric car from 2020.
Increasing EV charge points
We discourage pick-up and drop-off of travellers by car, but we do welcome electric cars. That is why there are more and more places where travellers can charge their electric vehicles. Many more EV charging points are being added.
Easily accessible by bike
Schiphol is easily accessible by bicycle. There are excellent cycle paths to the terminals from various directions around the airport. We encourage cycling to Schiphol through free bicycle parking facilities and safes near the terminal.
Schiphol is a bicycle ambassador for Stientje van Veldhoven, the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management. Schiphol and the Ministry have invested in a 'fast bike path' between Hoofddorp, Schiphol and Amsterdam in order to make this route even safer and more accessible for bicycles.
Climate agreement – mobility sector table
The Netherlands has signed on to the Paris Climate Agreement. The objectives resulted in concrete agreements for the Netherlands from the Climate Tables. Schiphol participated in the Mobility Sector Table. It was agreed that we would use 0% fossil fuels for all road, water and air transport. Schiphol’s measures to make traffic to and from the airport more sustainable contribute to these goals.
Travel by train rather than plane
Schiphol is committed to train travel over short distances. We believe that train travel is a great alternative to air travel for distances of up to 700-km. Trains run from Schiphol and many other stations to Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, London and various destinations in Germany.