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Schiphol to invest in central 'security hall'

Friday 15 February 2013

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport is to invest €350m in developing a 'central security hall', the airport authority said on Friday.

The investment is part of a master plan for the airport, which has been stalled because of negotiations on fees with KLM, the airport's largest user.

Schiphol also announced a 5.8% rise in revenues last year at €1.3bn. Net profit was on a par with 2011 at under €200m. Half of the profit will go to Schiphol's shareholders, including national government and the city of Amsterdam.

Although aircraft movements barely rose last year, the airport did process more passengers. Their number rose to over 51 million.

Spending in departure lounge shops rose 7.3% to €17 per departing passenger. The airport authority said the increase is due to renovation work and an upgrade in the quality of shops on offer.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

What is a 'Central Security Hall' for exactly?

By Sheila | 17 February 2013 3:27 PM

I think they will remove the security points at each gate in the Non-Schengen departures area and make a central security checkpoint. Makes sense for the airport, but it was nice a s a passenger because you would never miss a flight because of a long security line.

By Biff | 18 February 2013 9:10 AM

I do hate articles like this, where the 'journalist' in question has simply parroted some pr release whilst not actually informing us what a Security hall is!!! Very annoying.

By Pipple | 18 February 2013 9:42 AM

Sounds like a bad idea to me. Schiphol works well now (especially if you're flying outside of the Schengen Zone and you go through security at the gate). I have had negative experiences with central security hall formats, such as is used at Denver International Airport.

By Ben | 18 February 2013 10:02 AM

As far as I know, Schiplul, oops Schiphol has never had good security: not now, nor when I worked for KLM during the 80's.

The emphasis of security is based ONLY on flight protection.. while the majority of people are inside the terminals & still vulnerable!

The ONLY way to be sure would be to have all people that enter airport buildings scanned plus all baggage, wanna clue? - Anyone can walk in carrying baggage, leave it in a departure hall, then walk away leaving hundreds of passengers queuing up & UNPROTECTED!

(I feel safer at Manila airport any day, cheers!)

By The visitor | 18 February 2013 8:30 PM

good i hate the format now, makes me feel nervous and in a rush

By jen | 18 February 2013 9:50 PM

The Central Security Hall would mean all passengers would go through security checks from the same place, and then diverge to the terminals (and immigration control where applicable).

It is an interesting measure because it allows more latitude in staffing the security positions during busier times.

By A.L. | 19 February 2013 1:38 PM

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