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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: A hub for all airlines

Schiphol Airport’s Airline Partnership Directors Marcel Lekkerkerk and Wilco Sweijen are ready to talk to all types of carriers
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Airline Partnerships Directors Marcel Lekkerkerk and Wilco Sweijen are ready to talk to all types of carriers

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest, has earned a reputation for being an open and accommodating hub for all airlines. Whether it’s low-cost carriers or major legacy airlines, Schiphol is working on ensuring seamless operations and services.

Speaking to Air Service One at the 154th IATA Slot Conference in Bogota, Marcel Lekkerkerk, Airline Partnerships Director at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, said: “We are available to everyone, and we don’t exclude anyone, always taking the network of destinations as a starting point. Destinations come first and airlines come next. We make ourselves available to whoever is interested.”

Within capacity constraints, airlines continue to optimise their route networks at Amsterdam. This is best illustrated by easyJet’s decision to introduce four new routes from Schiphol Airport during the upcoming 2024/25 winter season, launching flights to Madeira, Larnaca, Tromso and Pristina. At the same time, Amsterdam has expanded its portfolio of carriers this year with the addition of KM Malta Airlines, Lufthansa subsidiary Air Dolomiti, and Turkish Airlines’ low-cost unit AJet. Furthermore, new destinations at the airport were announced by Transavia (Granada and Tirana), airBaltic (Palanga), TUIfly (Mombasa), Delta (Tampa), and Air Arabia Maroc (Tétouan).

Wilco Sweijen, Airline Partnerships Director at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, added: “Even though we know that some things are a challenge at Schiphol, such as slots, we still try to be as welcoming as possible. We are approachable and we have some of our Dutch bluntness, where if something is not going to work well, we will tell the airlines. This is because we always want to try to take a very realistic view of what the situation is on the market and what the opportunities are. However, we never refuse to talk to anyone.”

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As Amsterdam Airport Schiphol continues its post-pandemic recovery, it remains an inclusive hub, by balancing the needs of different airlines and fostering a collaborative environment. As a result, it is working on enhancing the travel experience for millions of passengers.

“A lot of investment is going on for the passenger perception but also for the airline perception to improve at Schiphol and for both to receive a high level of service,” Sweijen concluded.

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