100 years of Schiphol: Schiphol connects

Schiphol celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016. It was a special year for the airport and for all the people that have made it was it is today – and there's an incredible story behind its 100 year history.

100 years of Schiphol

1916; in that year, a few little wooden structures placed on a muddy stretch of reclaimed land in the Haarlemmermeer became the Netherlands' first airport. Schiphol was built by pioneers. Pioneers with courage and vision, who believed in change and progress. Pioneers like Jan Dellaert who were convinced that an airport should always bear in mind the needs of future generations. 'Because what benefits today’s world may no longer do so tomorrow.'

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was built on that idea, and it's what made it a global player. A mainport receiving 58 million passengers annually, with 1.6 million tonnes of cargo passing through, and where 65,000 people earn a living. A mainport which constantly innovates, tries to excel and aims to be one of the most sustainable airports in the world.

Connecting the Netherlands is what we've been doing for 100 years. The world is both our hinterland and front garden. We make connections between the Netherlands and key international regions. Passengers, business people, cargo and ideas reach our country through Schiphol, or head out into the world from here. They build connections: economic ones, but certainly some emotional ones too. We call that connecting to compete & connecting to complete. Through Schiphol, you can connect with other world citizens, have unforgettable experiences, and pioneer.

2016; we celebrated Schiphol's anniversary. With passengers, partners, neighbours, visitors, Schiphol staff and retirees. Actually with everyone. We reflected on all the memorable moments of 100 years of Schiphol. Moments of setbacks and sadness and moments of pride and glory. And we also looked forward to sharing the many unforgettable times and experiences yet to come. Care to join us?

Schiphol connects. For 100 years now.

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