Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands has opened a new temporary departure hall in response to a growing number of passengers travelling to Schengen destinations.

Built to serve approximately two million passengers each year, the hall offers airlines space for check-in and security.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol aims to provide Schengen passengers with enhanced airport services over the coming three years.

Royal Schiphol Group president and CEO Jos Nijhuis said: “I am enormously proud of the fact that we have completed this departure hall in little more than six months.

“Day in, day out, we have worked really hard with all our partners to get the hall up and running in time for the coming spring and summer peak.”

The new 4,000m² departure hall, bearing the name Departure Hall 1 – check-in desk row 1A, features 22 check-in desks, six security lanes, self-service check-in kiosks, sanitary facilities and seating.

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“Day in, day out, we have worked really hard with all our partners to get the hall up and running in time for the coming spring and summer peak."

Constructed on the roof of Amsterdam Airport’s South Baggage Hall, the new facility is linked to the existing Departure Hall 1 via a corridor.

Nijhuis added: “Our challenge for the coming years is to keep quality and capacity at the requisite level. This is why we have begun creating extra capacity for the long term, for instance by building a new pier and terminal.”

As planned, the temporary departure hall will remain operational until the end of 2019, after which the facility can be dismantled and re-used.

In addition, the security filters installed at the departure hall can be used at other locations of the airport.

Image: Temporary departure hall at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Photo: courtesy of Schiphol.