Schiphol Airport has opened a temporary departure hall in response to a major growth in Schengen destination passengers.
The hall, which will service two million passengers a year, was opened this week by Outgoing State Secretary Sharon Dijksma (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), and Jos Nijhuis, President & CEO of the Royal Schiphol Group.
The airport says the number of Schengen passengers increased by17% last year.
The hall offers the airlines space for checking in passengers and their baggage. The new departure hall, which has an area of around 4000 m², has 22 check-in desks, six security lanes, self-service check-in kiosks, sanitary facilities and seating. The Temporary Departure Hall has been built on the roof of the South Baggage Hall and linked by means of a corridor to the existing Departure Hall 1. The new hall bears the name Departure Hall 1 – check-in desk row 1A.
KLM, Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and SWISS) and LOT Polish Airlines will be using the hall, and the first passengers will be departing from here on 4 April. It is planned that the Temporary Departure Hall will remain in service until the end of 2019 when, once the period of use comes to an end, it can simply be dismantled and re-used. The security filters can also be used at other locations later.
Jos Nijhuis said: “Our challenge for the coming years is to keep quality and capacity at the requisite level. This is why we have begun creating extra capacity for the long term, for instance by building a new pier and terminal. That’s a major investment, which also forms the basis for further growth in capacity. We are also further developing the railway station zone as well as landside infrastructure such as roads and parking facilities. With our investments we aim to strengthen, improve and increase our infrastructure, quality and accessibility.”