Schiphol falls out of world’s top 10
The Dutch airport slips down five positions and is now the world’s 14th major airline hub.
Amsterdam – Schiphol Airport slipped down top 10 major airports to the 14th position, reports financial daily Financieele Dagblad Tuesday.
The Dutch airport was ranked number nine from 2001 till 2006 but a drop in its passenger turnover has caused its position to tumble.
The ranking report, which is compiled by Geneva-based Airports Council International (ACI), is also based on the number of aircrafts that land and take off from airports.
Since 2000, the number of aircrafts at the airport has remained stagnant as number of global travellers fell due to Sept 11, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS and increase in ticket fees.
Passengers who arrive at the Amsterdam airport have traditionally used it as a transit hub where they transfer to other flights.
This ‘network function’ of Schiphol Airport is increasingly under pressure because of consolidating moves in the airline industry and ongoing liberalisation.
Aviation economist Jaap de Wit, who has warned that Schiphol may lose its competitiveness, said other airline hubs have since copied successful strategies that gave the Dutch airport its edge.
The latest figures by ACI show a further decline as Schiphol’s ranking drops lower to number 19 in April 2009.
An airport spokeswoman played down the dip in ranking and emphasised Schiphol's ambition to preserve the quality of the airport network.
“It is more important that we maintain the quality and the network of the airport. In this way, we can uphold the economical position and the international accessibility of the Randstad,” she said.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica