As the Netherlands main international airport, is located 9.1 km or twenty minutes southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is ranked as the 4th busiest in Europe, and the 16th busiest in the world. It compares with London’s Heathrow Airport, the Frankfurt Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, and Madrid-Barajas Airport when it comes to passenger traffic and cargo.
Schiphol is considered to be an Airport City. The economy is based on airport revenues. Schiphol is the home base for Arkefly, Corendon Dutch Airlines, KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines), Martinair, and Transavia. The airport also serves as a European hub for Delta Air Lines and as a base for Vueling. Surrounding the airport there are many locations for office space.
Entertainment And Dining Out
In the airport there are large shopping areas, including duty free shopping. The Rijksmuseum operates an annex at the airport, featuring classical and contemporary art. The admission to these exhibits is free. The airport also showcases a large, permanent library that is situated beside the museum. There are 1,200 books in 29 languages that were either written by Dutch authors or are about the Netherlands history and culture. There are also eBooks and music by Dutch artists that can be downloaded free of charge to an electronic devise. You can get married at the airport, or go to the rooftop viewing area, called the Panoramaterras, and watch the world come and go. There are several restaurants in the airport, including a McDonald’s.
Transportation to and from the airport can be done by car, by train via the Schiphol station located directly below the airport, or by an extensive network of direct bus lines connecting the airport to the surrounding towns and cities. For drivers there is a junction of the A5 within the grounds of the airport.