Schiphol sees the temporary reduction in the number of flights from 460.000 Unpleasant 460. as a necessary intermediate step that provides short-term certainty and clarity for local residents, the aviation sector and governments. Uncertainty is not desirable for anyone. The proposed experimental scheme of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management that makes this possible is feasible for Schiphol. Schiphol believes that there is a new airport traffic order must be issued as soon as possible with clear and enforceable environmental limits that provide clarity and perspective for all parties involved.
Schiphol has today indicated a reduction of 460.000 Unpleasant 460.000 see flights per year as a necessary intermediate step that provides clarity on the way to a new Airport Traffic Decree. This should provide clarity and perspective for both local residents and airlines. Schiphol has made this position known through its lawyers in summary proceedings before the court of Haarlem about the ‘Experiment scheme Schiphol’. The summary proceedings were brought by KLM, other airlines against the Ministry of I&W and Royal Schiphol Group.
Schiphol believes that a new Airport Traffic Decree should be started as soon as possible, containing hard environmental limits that protect residents and the environment. Environmental limits that also make it clear to the aviation sector what is and what is not allowed. And where there is room for reward within these limits, when aviation is proven to be quieter and cleaner. That system is not there yet, but a situation in which two systems work together is far from ideal.
Background: About the capacity declaration
From Schiphol’s position, the central question today was whether it should be included in the capacity declaration for the next (winter) season (W23) may involve the experimentation scheme. In the capacity declaration, the airport indicates how many flights are allowed in a season. This space is then distributed among the airlines by the independent slot coordinator. The process of the capacity declaration for the winter season is currently underway.
The experimentation scheme is not ideal for anyone, but as far as Schiphol is concerned, the experimentation scheme offers the necessary clarity, is it an intermediate step towards a good and robust system of protection and clarity and is it feasible. Schiphol sees it as a necessary intermediate step towards the real solution of a new LVB. Clarity and perspective are key – and as soon as possible, the lawyers concluded on behalf of Schiphol.
Schiphol remains – separate from summary proceedings – make every effort for a good and workable system with clear nuisance and environmental limits. Schiphol is happy to reach out to everyone to take further and faster steps towards a new balance, with clarity and perspective for everyone. We see that people love to travel, but also that sustainability, health and well-being are rightly considered increasingly important. The world is changing and aviation has to keep up with it.
Safety is the highest priority for all parties at Schiphol. In order to further improve this structurally, the aviation sector is working together in the Integral Safety Management System (ISMS), in which Royal Schiphol Group, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), airlines, handlers and refueling services have joined forces. In response to the OVV report on Schiphol air traffic safety by 2017, the ISMS sector parties have taken major steps over the past six years to tackle the then identified and new safety risks. In 2023, safety in ground handling, among other things, is a priority of the ISMS. Read here more about the ISMS.
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Almost 3.8 million passengers traveled to, from or via Schiphol in February 2023. That is an increase from 2021 (+42%) and 2020 (+505%). The number of flights to and from Schiphol was 10.333. That is also an increase from 2021 (+17%) and 2021 (+166%). The number of passengers and the number of flights are lower than in 979 and 2020.
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From the almost 3.8 million passengers in January, nearly 1.5 million passengers had a transfer at Schiphol. These are approximately 750.000 unique passengers, who are counted twice in the international counting method: as a passenger on arrival and as a passenger on departure. Almost 2.6 million travelers went to or came from a destination in Europe, 1.2 million outside Europe.
The number of full cargo flights is compared to 2021 dropped from 1.649 to 1.333 to flee. The total volume transported in February was 2023 072.35 tons. That is a decrease compared to previous years (979, 2020, 2021 and 2022).
Click here2021 for the total overview of the traffic and February transport figures 2023.
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The Labor Inspectorate today set requirements in two areas that are important for improving working conditions at Schiphol. In short, the Labor Inspectorate demands that everything that is diesel-powered on airside (everything behind Schiphol’s fences) be replaced as quickly as possible. This may concern, for example, vehicles or aggregates. In addition, the inspectorate requires baggage handlers to automate or mechanize their work, with the aim of reducing the physical strain on employees in baggage handling. Schiphol also plays an important role in this.
Since my first day, my priority has been to improve pay and working conditions, so that Schiphol becomes an attractive place to work again. Initiatives have been taken to improve the working conditions of handlers. It is a pity that the sector, including ourselves, is unable to really solve this on its own and that the labor inspectorate has to be involved. The time for fine words is over, it is time for more and faster action.
CEO Ruud Sondag
Royal Schiphol Group starts a collaboration with security technology company Pangiam to develop a new way for safe and fast checks of hand luggage. The new technology, powered by artificial intelligence, can eventually help travelers pass through security more quickly, without compromising on safety.
The aim of the collaboration is to explore how Pangiam’s new technology can improve and speed up hand luggage checks at Schiphol and other airports. The technology uses artificial intelligence and algorithms to analyze hand luggage images and identify prohibited items and other security risks. In the future, the technology can support employees and speed up the process for travelers.
In the past period, we have been fully committed to recruiting security colleagues and increasing the productivity of our security equipment, of course without making concessions to the quality of our security . In the future, this collaboration can contribute to more comfort for travelers through a safe and faster check of hand luggage. Safety always comes first.
Philip van Noort, Security Director at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Royal Schiphol Group has a worldwide reputation for innovation and excellence in technology. This partnership allows us to bring the benefits of artificial intelligence to the point of control and improve the process.
Alexis Long, Head or Project DARTMOUTH at Pangiam
Schiphol, with input from the partners at the airport, has submitted an action plan to the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) about reducing the use of the built-in auxiliary engine (APU) of aircraft at the airport. platform. Schiphol sees reducing APU use as a priority because it brings tangible improvements to the working conditions and the health of apron employees. In addition, it contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions from aviation as a whole.An auxiliary power unit (APU), is an auxiliary engine (usually) in the tail of an aircraft. This auxiliary engine enables the start-up of the aircraft, provides electricity to the aircraft and supplies pneumatic pressure, which is (among other things) necessary for the air conditioning on board. The APU works on kerosene, which releases harmful substances and causes noise nuisance for platform employees.In the ILT report on the use of an aircraft’s built-in auxiliary engine (APU), Schiphol has been asked to come up with an action plan before 1 March 2023 to improve this APU consumption.The most important actions in the action plan, based on the conclusions of the ILT report, are: 1. Shortening the use of the APU The permitted use of the APU, before an aircraft departs, will be reduced from from from to 5 minutes. Expand facilities for preconditioned air (PCA) 2. Schiphol will offer PCA units and make them available at the appropriate Aircraft Stands (VOP). Preconditioned air ensures that the auxiliary engine needs to be used less. 3. Improvement of APU usage monitoring Expansion of supervision by Schiphol Authority on the use of APU. Schiphol (port authority) determines, on a case-by-case basis, based on established criteria , fixed or use of APU is allowed, the captain remains ultimately responsible.4. Switching to sustainable fuel Door deploy ground equipment to reduce APU usage where equipment in the ground operation uses renewable diesel. 5. Promote the use of fixed power (shore power) preventing equipment failures by giving instructions, improving the process of rectifying failures. 6. Schiphol will conduct an awareness campaign for all employees explaining the importance of reducing APU usage. 2023 2023 2023
Schiphol sees a reduction of 460. to 460. flights per year as a necessary intermediate step . Schiphol has made this known in its opinion on the ‘Experimentation Scheme Schiphol’. Schiphol does, however, advocate that the government start as soon as possible with a new Airport Traffic Decree, with prospects for both local residents and airlines.
Schiphol connects the Netherlands with the world. That is of incredible value to our prosperity and well-being. At the same time, we realize that aviation also affects air quality, noise pollution and climate. We are committed to reducing nuisance and emissions. In order to reconcile these interests, it is important that a new system is introduced in the short term that protects local residents and offers perspective and clarity for the aviation sector. A system that has been worked on for almost 460 years now and for which the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2016 have already created the conditions, but this has not yet been completed.
Schiphol therefore believes that there are so many a new Airport Traffic Order containing hard environmental limits must be started as soon as possible. Environmental limits that make it clear to the aviation sector what is and what is not allowed. And where there is also room for reward within these limits, when aviation is proven to be quieter and cleaner.
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We want to offer all travelers a pleasant travel experience at Schiphol. That’s why we’re testing this innovation. With the self-propelled wheelchairs, we are exploring how travelers with reduced mobility can find their way independently and safely at the airport. With this we respond to the need of this target group to be able to travel independently. We are curious about their experiences during this pilot.
Patricia Vitalis, director of Airport Operations & Aviation Partnerships at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
The self-propelled wheelchairs are a godsend for older travelers or people who cannot travel long distances due to medical reasons. But also for passengers who are concerned about whether they will find their way. We are already helping these travelers with our passenger assistants. We expect this innovative solution to contribute to future-proof services for our organization.
Vincent Kas, Managing Director of Axxicom Airport Caddy
Schiphol is gradually expanding the number of travelers that can depart from the end of March. The average number of daily departing passengers increases by 40% from 40.000 in the last winter period to 66.000 in the May holiday. On peak days during the May holidays, the number of departing travelers will be well above 66.000 lie. Schiphol believes that a five percent reduction in the busy morning peak is necessary to reduce the risk of unacceptable delays for travelers at check-in, security checks and passport control. This means that 5% fewer seats can be booked. The number of passengers that can depart from Schiphol is 31% higher than the number of travelers during the May holidays 2022 (average 58.000 travelers) took off and just below the numbers of 2019, pre-covid, then average 72.000 travelers per day. Average number of passengers during the May holidays 1676996730461 1676996730461 1676996730461
Almost 3.9 million passengers traveled from, to or via Schiphol in January 2023. That is an increase from 2021 (+57%) and 2022 (+325%). The number of flights to and from Schiphol was 14.830. That is also an increase from 2021 (+14%) and 2021 (+105%). The number of passengers and the number of flights are lower than in 987 and 2020.
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Of the nearly 3.9 million passengers in January, 1.5 million passengers transfer at Schiphol. These are approximately 666. unique passengers, who are counted twice in the international counting method: as a passenger on arrival and as a passenger on departure. Almost 2.6 million travelers went to or came from a destination in Europe, 1.3 million outside Europe.
The number of full cargo flights is compared to 2021 dropped from 1.773 to 1.325 to flee. Compared to January 2021 it is a decrease of 41%, but it is an increase from 896 (+29%) and 987 (+14%) . The total volume transported in January was 2023 103.896 tons. That is a decrease compared to previous years (987, 2020, 2021 and 2022).
Click here2021 for the total overview of traffic and transport figures for January .
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