Schiphol has one terminal with the B, C, split-D, E, F, G and H piers.
The B pier (and a part of the D pier) is used for charter flights and Schengen flights.
The F pier is used for the biggest planes.
The G- and H piers (with limited facilities) are used by low cost carriers.
Moving walkways limit the need for walking (which can be up to 15 minutes otherwise).
Most plane boarding is by covered sky walks (aka slurf) directly to the plane entrance door(s).
Buses to planes on the platform are only used in very rare occasions or for very small aircraft.
Each gate has its own security check facilities, but that will be changed into a central security facility.
A new A-pier is scheduled to be build.
The Arrival Areas are at ground level. When entering Schiphol from your plane you walk from the gate through one of the so called "Piers" [B-G]. At the end you have to go down the stairs, go through imigration, baggage claim and customs.
From here you go to the shopping area called "Schiphol Plaza" where you find:
- Train Tickets counters
- Car rental company counters
- The red/wite MEETING POINT cube
Outside the Schiphol Plaza you'll find:
- Public Trabsportation buses
- Hotel shuttle mini vans
For passengers of the Dutch Railways NS Highspeed trains there is a small lounge at the Schiphol Plaza in between the shopping corridor.
Last time I was in Schiphol when in transit on the way from Mexico City to Moscow in February of 2011. I spent there 4 hours without leaving the airport because I hadn’t Schengen visa. It was a great sorrow for me because I hadn’t any possibility to go Amsterdam and revisit its sightseeing though I had enough time for an excursion… I knew that it took only 15 minutes to get to the Amsterdam Central station by train... But I couldn't.
Spending four hours in the airport I could appreciate all the great changes that happened in the airport since 1995 recalling how it looked like 16 years ago.
I spent a week in Schiphol in November-December of 1995 when I was on business in KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines).
Schiphol is considered to be an Airport City and it was very convenient to accommodate and live there because the airport itself and KLM where the main purposes of my trip were located.
I was lucky to arrive in Schiphol two times in November of 1995 (once it was a transit airport from Moscow on the way to Berlin, and the second time when I arrived from Paris). When my business trip was over I left Europe from Schiphol and came back to Moscow in December of 1995. Then it was the best airport and the best airline I had ever seen before. I well remember their staff I met and all their facilities they had shown to me. It was a very useful business trip and I'm glad to share my opinion with all passengers who used to come to Schiphol.
You can watch my 3 min 02 sec Video Amsterdam Schiphol Airport out of my Youtube channel.
Here's the new runway identification.
Schiphol Airport has the following runways:
Polderbaan 18R-36L; 3.800 meters by 60 meters
Zwanenburgbaan 18C-36C; 3.300 meters by 45 meters
Kaagbaan 06-24; 3.500 meters by 45 meters
Aalsmeerbaan 18L-36R; 3.400 meters by 45 meters
Buitenveldertbaan 09-27; 3.450 meters by 45 meters
Oostbaan 04-22; 2.014 meters by 45 meters
Airplane spotting locations.
Radio Communication Frequencies.
Casper Flight tracking map or Flightradar24 Flight tracking map.
There are Airport info stands at several places, both at the transfer and at the Schiphol Plaza areas.
Furthermore you can pick up flyers with an airport map and the latest info almost everywhere.
Schiphol Airport website
Schiphol startpage (Dutch)
Schiphol Weather or Schiphol Weather Forecast.
Favorite thing: The baggage claim area is partly seperated from the public Schiphol Plaza area by a glass wall. To enable friends and family to communicate with arriving love ones waiting for their suitcases there are Welcome Intercoms.
In the Schiphol Plaza the statues of four Dutch aviation pioneers are located next to each other. Have a look at:
-John Block; co-founder of Martinair and founder of Transavia & Air Holland.
-Martin Schröder; founder of Martinair
-Albert Plesman; Dutch aviation pioneer and founder of KLM
-Peter Legro; founder of Transavia
The Airline Lounges at the Schiphol Airport are at the first floor of the transfer area.
There are the following lounges:
2 KLM Crown lounges
1 British Airways lounge
1 Singapore Airlines lounge
A combined Menzies/Servisair lounge
The KLM lounges are open to travellers of the following air lines:
-Aeroflot Russian Int. Airlines
-B2: Belavia Belarusian Airlines
-China Southern Airlines
-CSA Czech Airlines
-Delta Air Lines
-KLC KLM Cityhopper
-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
-LOT Polish Airlines
-Ukraine International Airlines
-Vlaamse Luchtvaart Maatschappij
The KLM lounges are also open to the following card holders of:
-Aer Lingus Gold Circle Club: Elite, Prestige and Gold/Bank of Ireland Gold Visa card
-Aeroflot Bonus Gold card
-Aero Mexico Club Premier Platino/Corporativo/Salon
-Air France/KLM Flying Blue/Club 2000/Platinum/Gold
-Air France/KLM Petroleum Club
-Alitalia Freccia Alata
-B2: Belavia: Leader Gold card/Leader Silver card
-FB: Bulgaria Air: Gold card
-China Airlines Paragon/Emerald/Gold Card
-China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club Gold/Silver
-Copa Airlines Onepass Platinum Elite
-CSA Czech Airlines Plus: Platinum, Gold/OK Plus Gold CTI Bank
-Cyprus Airways Sunjet Gold card
-Delta Air Lines Skymiles Platinum Medallion/Sky Club card
-Estonian Air Sas Eurobonus Pandion card/Sas Eurobonus Gold card
-Flying Blue Club 2000/Platinum & Gold (AF/KL/KQ/UX)
-Iran Air – Sky Gift Gold card
-KLM/American Express Corporate card
-Korean Air Skypass Million Miler/Skypass Morning Calm Premium
-LOT Polish Airlines Miles & More Senator Gold/Miles & More Silver Gold/Star Alliance card with Gold card logo
-Tarom Super Smart Miles card
-Ukraine International Airlines Panorama Premier Card/Panorama Classic Card
The British Airways lounge is open to travellers of the following air lines:
The Singapore Airlines lounge is open to travellers of the following air line:
The Menzies lounge is open to travellers of the following air lines/card holders of:
-Courtyard by Mariott
-El Al Israel Airlines
-Royal Air Maroc
The Servisiair lounge is open to travellers of the following air lines/card holders of:
-Aeroflot Russian Int. Airways
-ATP The Advanced Travel Partner
-Crystal Wings Holiday
-Kuoni Travel/ Emotions
-Malev Hungarian Airlines
-Malev Hungarian Airlines Duna platinum/gold/silver
-MAT Macedonian Airlines
-PIA Pakistan International Airlines
-Royal Jordanian Airlines
-SAS Scandinavian Airlines
-Syrian Arab Airlines
Since November a banner vending machine called the BannerXpress is present at the Airport at Arrivals 2.
This machine can supply 3 banner sizes with any text you enter with your banner buy.
The costs are:
-Small banner EUR 3.95
-Medium banner EUR 9.95
-Long banner EUR 14.95
As usual this is a first on the globe.
Schiphol has as one of the few airports a special area where children can play. There is a firm glass wall at one side, so you can watch your children while having some coffee at the bar next door.
The play areas are open daily from 6 AM till 10 PM hours. They are located between piers E and F. There is no supervision, you are responsible for the safety of your child yourself
The bagage claim area is located in the center of the Arrival part of the terminal.
On your way you will pass immigration/passport control and bathroom facilities.
There are many bagage belt, so look at the information displays with belt will serve your flight number.
The Dutch Tourist Board has an office/shop at the Schiphol Plaza area at Schiphol Airport, Aankomsthal 2 (Arrivals 2) and is open from 7AM to 10PM.
The number one question is accommodation at Amsterdam, but the people will help you with all other questions.
Telephone: 0900 4004040.
De Airport Library is the first library in the world housed at an airport.
Books and music can be downloaded on IPads. Classic books are available to read at the spot, not to take away.
All in all, this in a nice spot to relax and sniff at the Dutch culture.
Location: Holland Boulevard in the tranfer area.