Friday 10 July 2020

Kiss farewell to Schiphol pick-up chaos, says chief executive

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‘Kiss & Ride’, the drop-off and pick-up procedure at Schiphol airport is too chaotic and will change as part of plans for a greener, more efficient airport, Schiphol director Dick Benschop told the Telegraaf.

Benschop, who was addressing an audience at knowledge institute Airneth about a greener future for Schiphol, did not say what the new pick-up and drop-off zone would look like.

The change is part of a bigger overhaul which should see shorter waiting times to speed up passenger flow. Online models of expected waiting times are being tested at the moment informing passengers about the best time to come to the airport, which, Benschop said, will soon be standard for all flights.

Public transport to and from the airport also needs to be improved, Benschop said, in order to create more capacity for more fast international flits trains. ‘It is pathetic really how the Netherlands is lagging behind in the area of fast train connections, especially compared to Germany,’ he said. ‘We need to invest more in these trains, also as an alternative to short flights.’

Decisions about the extension of Schiphol train station and the Noord/Zuidlijn are set to be taken this year, the Telegraaf added. Schiphol is one of the parties involved, together with the infrastructure ministry, Amsterdam local authorities and transport organisations ProRail and NS.

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