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 remains one of the main activities 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.
Important social and economic value
Every year, our Dutch airports welcome 70 million passengers and process 1.7 million tonnes of cargo. We employ over 2,000 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 and cargo, surpassed only by London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Our ambition is to develop Schiphol into Europe’s Preferred Airport.
Four business areas
The largest business area for our core activities is Aviation, with a turnover of € 828 million (2016). 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.
Cooperation is vital to our 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 as a common thread in everything we do
Corporate responsibility is crucial to our future-proofing and our day-to-day business operations. By 2030, Schiphol wants to be a Zer0 Waste 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.
Awards and accolades
In 2016, Royal Schiphol Group and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol received awards in a variety of areas.
Royal Schiphol Group
- Randstad Award 2016: Most Attractive Employer in the Netherlands.
- SDG Inspiration Award for the Logistics Sector (Schiphol Group Annual Report 2015).
- Second place in the Transparency Benchmark awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs (Schiphol Group Annual Report 2015).
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
- Business Traveller: 'Best European Airport 2016' (for the 27th time).
- IATA - Air Cargo Excellence Award: 'Best Major European Airport'.
- European Design Awards London: Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
- Baxter Travel Media Annual Agents' Choice Award (Canada): 'Favourite International Airport 2016'.
- Routes Marketing Award Europe (in the '20 million passengers and above' category).
- Routes Best Overall Airport Marketing Award.
- SEO report (commissioned by ACI): Second hub worldwide in number of direct destinations.
- Star Alliance Trade Awards: 'Innovative Entrepreneurship 2016'.