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On 19 September 1916, the first military aircraft landed on an area of reclaimed land following the draining of the Haarlemmermeer polder. This marked the beginning of Schiphol's status as a military airfield. KLM's first passenger flights in 1920 began the process of transforming Schiphol from a military airfield into a civil airport.
The operation of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main activitiy of Royal Schiphol Group. In addition, we own and operate both Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport and hold a majority share in Eindhoven Airport. We also have a share in and/or collaborate closely with a broad range of international airports.
Every year, our Dutch airports welcome more than 79 million passengers and process over 1.7 million tonnes of cargo. We employ over 2,300 people and our aviation activities in the Netherlands provide work for a further 300,000 people.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the third largest European airport in terms of passengers, surpassed only by London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. In terms of cargo volumes Schiphol is number three as well. Our ambition is to develop Schiphol into Europe’s Preferred Airport.
The largest business area for our core activities is Aviation, with a turnover of 873 million euros. Together with the three other business areas - Consumer Products & Services, Real Estate, and Alliances & Participations - Aviation executes Schiphol's strategy and plays a decisive role in Royal Schiphol Group's success.
Connecting the Netherlands is not a task we can perform on our own. We work in association with sector partners such as airlines, ground handlers, air traffic controllers, Customs and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee. In collaboration with public transport companies, government bodies and our business partners, we have developed our airports into efficient hubs and attractive visitor and work locations.
Corporate responsibility is crucial to our future-proofing and our day-to-day business operations. By 2030, Schiphol aims to be a zero-waste and zero-emissions airport as well as the most sustainable airport in the world. Our strategic theme of Sustainable & Safe Performance guarantees corporate responsibility throughout the entire organisation. We take people, the environment and the local community into account in everything we do.
We are conscious of the impact of our aviation activities. Together with our stakeholders we constantly work on minimising any inconvenience and continue to invest in improving the quality of life in the region. We seek innovative solutions that further boost sustainability and safeguard our long-term position as a mainport.
In 2018, Royal Schiphol Group and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol received awards in a variety of areas.