Amsterdam Airport Schiphol enjoyed best 2017 passenger number growth in Europe

- Leadership - Jan 16, 2018

Amsterdam's innovative Schiphol international airport achieved the highest passenger number growth rate in Europe in 2017.

The airport, the only hub on the continent to operate a six-runway system, grew its throughput by 7.7%, following on from a 9.1% increase in 2016.

Base of major Dutch airline KLM, Schiphol saw 68.4mn passengers pass through its gates, putting it at third in the list of Europe's busiest airports, trailing only Paris Charles de Gaulle (69.5mn) and London Heathrow (78mn).

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Last year, Schiphol won the prize for the most innovative airport in Europe awarded at the Future Travel Experience Europe Innovation Awards. According to statistics gathered by, it has added 10.2mn passengers in the last two years alone.

Other airports to make the top ten in terms of passenger numbers include Frankfurt (64.5mn), Istanbul (63.7mn) and Madrid (53.4mn). 

In industry news, Belair - the Swiss offshoot of the now-defunct Air Berlin - has been rescued by German investment company SBC, saving 200 jobs that were lost last year.

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