Did you know…fact sheets: Fun facts in a fact sheet

Are you hungry for more information about what is happening on and around Schiphol Airport? Then you will find even more fun facts and background information in the factsheets below. We have made small 'booklets' for various themes. You download these factsheets as pdf and can read them where and when it suits you.

Key figures Schiphol 2018

Schiphol's key figures about 2018 at a glance.

Snow at Schiphol

Of the 475 staff working in snow squads, around 235 are employed directly by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and a further 240 are hired professionals. Around 100 of the 235 Schiphol employees work on ‘airside’ every day. The other 135 Schiphol staff working in snow operations are known as ‘polar bears’.

From Airfield to AirportCity

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is more than just an airport. It’s actually a modern city with runways. It is also an international hub offering numerous facilities to both people and goods. This is what makes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol an AirportCity. A city where everyone is welcome, but where no-one lives. It is a city that never sleeps.

Who does what at Schiphol

Airlines, governmental organisations, handling companies, shops and banks, catering businesses, transport companies, fuel suppliers and air traffic controllers: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is home to approximately 500 companies that together employ around 67,000 people. All these companies play a part in making the airport safe and efficient. But just who does what at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol?

Bird Control at Schiphol

Schiphol is located in a polder landscape, with a lot of water, grassy meadows and rich farmland and other nature reserves. It makes Schiphol particularly attractive to birds. However, birds constitute a genuine risk for aircrafts. In order to keep air traffic safety as optimal as possible, Schiphol deploys 15 'Bird Controllers' to chase the birds, 24 hours a day.

Cargo and aviation

There are no more than a handful of airports in the world of aviation that successfully handle both passengers and cargo. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the airports capable of achieving this. In 2018, all of 1,716,497 tonnes of cargo were transported via Schiphol. Schiphol thus retains third place in Europe, making it one of the leading European cargo airports.

Baggage at Schiphol

Each year, Schiphol handles some 53 million items of baggage. This can vary from day to day from around 120,000 items on a slow day to 180,000 during extremely busy periods, such as the start of a holiday season. Almost 40 percent of all these items are transfer baggage.

Art at Schiphol before security

Art has a special meaning at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It adds human perspective and creates restful focus points. At Schiphol, art is intended to embellish, to entertain and to surprise. It aims to lift the spirit and inspire a sense of wonder. What makes it unique is that most of the works, around sixty of them, are on display in public spaces. Here they can be seen by passengers, visitors and employees.

Art at Schiphol beyond security

Art has a special meaning at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It adds human perspective and creates restful focus points. At Schiphol, art is intended to embellish, to entertain and to surprise. It aims to lift the spirit and inspire a sense of wonder. Artworks are also on display in the areas beyond security control, in the departure lounges and piers. Here, passengers can admire the Schiphol collection, as well as visit an annex of the Rijksmuseum.