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Events in 2014


First quarter
  • On 24 and 25 March, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hosted 51 world leaders and their staff attending the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). Runway 18R-36L was decommissioned for this purpose. This complex event was a resounding operational success. The NSS was followed by large-scale maintenance on Runway 18L-36R.
  • Schiphol received the SKYTRAX award for Best Airport in Western Europe. Worldwide, Schiphol fell from third to fifth position in 2014.
  • A new catering cluster was opened at Schiphol Plaza comprising La Place, HEMA and Happy Seafood.
Second quarter
  • In April, Schiphol Group and Lelystad Airport presented the Lelystad Airport Business Plan, which outlines the proposed development of Lelystad Airport to support Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in serving non-Mainport-related air traffic.
  • Schiphol was granted Airport Carbon Accreditation 3+ for its CO2 emissions reduction efforts, earning the airport a place among the world's most sustainable airports.
  • Schiphol donated 212,000 euros to UNICEF. Of this amount, 152,000 euros were raised via collection points in the terminal and 60,000 euros through campaigns organised by our own employees.
  • Schiphol's Orange Wave Goodbye app was a commercial success; via large screens, the public waved goodbye to the Dutch football team on their way to the World Cup in Brazil on 5 June.
  • For the 19th time, Schiphol won the Asian Freight & Supply Chain Award (AFSCA) for Best Airport in Europe.
Third quarter
  • On 17 July flight MH17, which had departed from Schiphol, crashed in Ukraine with 283 passengers – including 196 Dutch nationals – and 15 crew members on board. This disaster had a huge impact on Dutch society. A special commemorative site was created at Schiphol where people could leave expressions of sympathy.
  • On 1 September Ad Rutten, COO since 2005, retired. He was succeeded by Birgit Otto as Chief Operations Officer of Schiphol Group.
  • At the Market Consultation Day for Area A, over 150 prospective partners and suppliers provided input for the construction and call for tenders for a new pier and terminal on the southern side of Schiphol.
  • Start of the Departure Lounge 2 renovation project, which is to create 20% additional retail and food service space. Completion in 2015.
Fourth quarter
  • Definitive Airport Decree for Eindhoven Airport; the legal framework for further expansion.
  • The new security filter in Departure Hall 1 was taken into operation. This is the first in a series of five new, innovative and user-friendly central security checkpoints.
  • Business Traveller Award: for the 25th time, British business travellers named Schiphol ‘Best Airport in Europe’.
  • At Schiphol, 167 (electric) Tesla Model S vehicles were put into use for passenger taxi services by BBF Schipholtaxi and BIOS Group. No other airport in the world uses so many green taxis.
  • The Airport Charges Consultation was finalised in October: the rates are to be decreased by around 7% as of 1 April 2015.
  • Schiphol received international praise for its Corporate Responsibility programme, and was presented with the Airports Going Green Award from the Chicago Department of Aviation.
  • Schiphol was Europe's first major hub airport to be granted the EASA certificate. The rules issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency are even stricter than the national or ICAO standards.