Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
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Among top centres for transportation by air, Schiphol Airport occupies a high position regarding international passenger traffic. It is due to reliable airlines and connections across Europe. Since 2012, the airport has been climbing up the ratings of the busiest airports in the world:
The achievements do not stop here because Schiphol Airport has reached solid positions in the other ratings, which depict the reputation of the AMS. For example, the airport ranks 16th in the cargo tonnage tier and has the status of the 3d busiest European centre of transportation by air. Some famous airlines use Schiphol as their home base, for instance, the largest Dutch organisation - Royal Air Transportation Company (KLM).
The distance between Amsterdam and AMS Airport is approximately 7 kilometres. Schiphol Airport map in Google Maps below introduces a detailed view of facilities and services nearby.
According to the Schiphol map, the airport building consists of 7 Piers. The total number of gates reaches 223 if we count the ones for widebody aircraft.
Concourses B and C have 14 and 21 gates, respectively, and are close to each other. Pier D is the largest, with gates from D-1 to D-57 being a part of the non-Schengen area with Concourse E. On the Schiphol gate map, you can find Piers F and G in the northern part of the airport. In this area, some gates assist Airbus A380 and serve KLM, China Airlines, and Kenya Airways.
Amsterdam Airport map demonstrates that the airport construction benefits from the concept of one large terminal. It consists of some halls which connect in the areas beyond the passport and security control of the airport.
The single roof, which covers all services and facilities, is one of the peculiarities of a single-terminal design. Inside the AMS Airport, you can see Schiphol Plaza - the centre of the main building, always filled with people. Note that the border control divides the building into Schengen and non-Schengen areas. With the Schiphol map, gates and other facilities will always be in front of your eyes, and you will confidently find the place you need.
In 2023, the renovations await Amsterdam Airport, and the plans are to expand the terminal and gates. The concept of a single-terminal building will give way to a new design, which involves the construction of additional terminals. It will take place between the two Concourses - Polderbaan and Zwanenburgbaan.
Schiphol Airport arrivals map depicts the Ground level and the facilities outside and inside the main building. All these areas become packed with people in the morning, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. You can find more details about AMS arrivals on the corresponding menu section.
Look at the out-of-door part of the airport on the map, and you will see the following marks:
Inside the airport, you can observe 4 Arrivals with separate baggage claim areas. Arrivals 1-2 occupy the eastern side of the airport, while Arrivals 3-4 are in the western part. The Schiphol Plaza map provides locations of the following facilities at the Ground level:
(Credit: AMS Airport official webpage)
The Check-In level (Level 2), which you can see on the AMS Airport map for departure designations, splits into four major sections. They are West, East, and Center areas and check-in zones ready to serve the passengers. You can find out more on Schiphol Departures section.
Those who look for the first and second Departure areas should proceed to the East part of the level. Here travellers pass check-in (there are counters from 1 to 16) and can head to the 1st and 2nd Lounges. The Schengen area applies only to the first Lounge. Afterward, the B, C, and D Concourses let you access the gates and board a plane.
The West part houses the third and fourth Departure zones, with counters ranging from 17 to 32. The Schiphol lounges map marks the third and the fourth Lounges, which guide the travellers to the gates. Distinguish three sections:
At the Center Area, passengers access Premium Service and other facilities, like casinos or bars.
Look for Lounge 2 on the map to witness some unique interior features. The facility has undergone renovations and expansions, which brought the seven thematic worlds. They range from See-Buy-Fly to Culture & Travel, share one building, and make the stay at the airport entertaining.
Children like the Family world because it offers toy aircraft perfect for playing pilots. The lounge flourishes with live plants which adorn the interior and complement it with a touch of life. Level 3 offers four Schiphol Lounges and more facilities, which you can find via the AMS Airport map, like the Yotel & Hotel Mercure or “Exchange Avenue” for conferences.
The peak hours for departures are usually from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on an ordinary weekday.
(Credit: Schiphol Airport official webpage)
The map of Schiphol Airport shows that the first Departure Hall leads to the first two B and C Concourses. They belong to the Schengen area and have 14 and 21 gates, respectively.
According to the Schiphol terminals map, the second Departure Hall connects with Concourse D and E. The two levels and the number of gates make Pier D the largest compared to the other Concourses:
Concourse E is in the non-Schengen area and handles KLM, Delta Air Lines, and China Airlines.
On the Schiphol departures map, the third hall possesses three Concourses: F, G, and H&M. The last two operate as a single pier, but the Schengen area applies only to the gates of H Pier. The other Concourses (F and G, M) are within the non-Schengen zone.
To facilitate the transfer process, Schiphol Airport installed specialised machines for operations concerning flights. Find the transfer desks in several areas of the airport and book tickets or monitor relevant information. Several minutes of self-service, and you do not have to pass the check-in or security for the second time.
The airport map marks the transfer desks at the following locations:
On the map of Amsterdam Airport, you can find a general aviation terminal that serves as a KLM Jet Center. This facility has been operating since 2011 and resides in the eastern part of the airport. The building has enough space for all purposes:
Take a look at the map of Schiphol, and a large number of facilities appear before you. For example, Schiphol Airport Library assists you in waiting for your flights with literature and music. Since 2010, the facility has been providing visitors with more than 1,000 books accessible in approximately 29 languages. The works of the Dutch authors tackle the history of the Netherlands and its unique culture. Within the library, download music and ebooks to mobile phones or laptops without making any payments.
Look through the Schiphol Airport map, and you will find the best viewing spot for aviation fans - Panoramaterras. Reach it from the airport's landside and enter without buying tickets to observe the most outstanding exhibit called KLM Cityhopper Fokker 100.
Contemporary and classical art seekers can pay a visit to the local Rijksmuseum. Find the facility on the map, stroll there, and observe the displays free of charge.
The ultramodern Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol greets with extraordinary design, which includes cube-, diamond-, and round-shaped interiors. The number of apartments reaches 433, and each room has a glass-made ceiling that is 41 m-high. The terminal connects to the hotel via a covered walkway, so look for it on the Schiphol terminal map.
If you wait in the AMS Airport for some time, plan where you can have a meal before a flight. On the Schiphol Airport map, the food facilities' sign is a blue circle with a fork crossing the knife. Depending on your whereabouts, head to the following areas to encounter superb places to eat:
Use the Amsterdam Schiphol map to see all the markings for the eateries, or look for the information desks inside the building. The average meal cost reaches €10 or €25, while the price for a coffee is usually €3.
The parking area of the AMS Airport provides all the passengers with the appropriate space for vehicles at any time of need. The Schiphol parking map always guides you to the zones which offer spots not far from the terminal or the cheap ones. Note that in AMS Airport it is possible to leave a car for more than 48 hours.
(Сredit: Amsterdam Airport official website)