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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: The 6th Busiest Railway Station in Holland

March 10, 2009
Author: Eve-Marie Morgo

Having used the Amsterdam airport railway station several times I’m a huge fan of this service, however, I had no idea that every day there were over 50,000 other fans! Being recent that Heathrow Airport is to be a ‘hub’ for UK high-speed rail – similar to what Schiphol is in the Netherlands this just seemed like an appropriate topic on which to write my first ever blog! 

So if there are an estimated 18 million passengers at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Railway station there must surely be some major benefits of this service for the Airport’s stakeholders and something that other airports can utilise?

The benefits of an airport railway station 

From the passengers' perspective:

  • Time can be saved, especially if the feeder airline isn’t interlined with the long haul connection
  • The additional comfort that a journey by rail offers is a welcome luxury for the modern day traveller
  • Travelling by rail can help reduce the carbon footprint – especially where short haul flights are the competition.

From the airlines and railways perspective: 

  • The airlines themselves can benefit from these links
  • They can set up interlining agreements – much in the way that Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn have already.
  • it is advantageous for brands to appear “green friendly”  
  • High-speed rail can only assist the company in building its brand to meet this criterion.

The final major stakeholder is the actual airport and their major gain from thisares the ability to maintain (if not increase) passenger levels yet reduce (or maintain) air traffic. Such a plan for the expansion of London Heathrow was put forward over the summer, where instead of building a 3rd runway, Heathrow would be linked to major UK cities by a high-speed link. (A variation of this plan has now been accepted.) And of course, we shouldn’t forget those excess foreign currency inhaling Duty-Free Shops…If passengers are willing to use a certain airport for their long haul flight due to the airports' rail link then surely the airport will witness increased revenues the Terminal Duty-Free Shops?  


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