Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (Netherlands)
Located some 9 km toward the southwestern part of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is Netherland’s main airport. It ranks fourth busiest airport in Europe and 14th in the world in terms of passenger traffic. The airport serves as the main hub for a number of airlines including KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Corendon Dutch Airlines, Martinair and Arkefly among other airlines. The airport currently serves over 100 airlines that fly to over 300 destinations across the world on a daily basis. Unlike most international airports, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport largely serves high-cost airlines because of high landing fees. Low-cost airlines use such alternative airports as Rotterdam, Hague and Eindhoven Airports.
The airport features a single terminal building that is split into three large departure halls. All the departure halls connect on the airside. Departure Hall 1 features Piers B and C that are all reserved for use by travelers to and from Schengen areas. Pier A is currently under construction and is scheduled to be operational in 2016.
Departure Hall 2 features Piers D and E. Of the two, Pier D is the largest with its two levels. While the lower floor is used for non-Schengen flights, the upper level is only for Schengen flights. With 14 gates, Pier E is also reserved for non-Schengen flights and is home to Delta Airlines, KLM, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Iran Air, Air Astana and EVA Air.
Departure Hall 3 has four Piers; F, G, H and M. Pier F is mainly used by KLM, Kenya Airways and other SkyTeam partners. Pier G is the only pier that handles Airbus A380 on a daily basis by Emirates. Piers H and M are reserved for use by low-cost airlines.
Located toward the east side of the airport is the newly constructed General Aviation Terminal with a floor space of 65,000 sq ft for use by travelers. The terminal is solely for use by KLM and is referred to as KLM Jet Center. Other facilities at the airport include airport library and a museum.