Schiphol Airport (AMS) in the Netherlands has completed the renovation of its Departure Hall 1.

As part of the overhaul, the airport has made several additions such as a mezzanine floor to offer more space at security, check-in and waiting areas.

After their Covid-19 health examination, passengers without any hold luggage will be able to move to the mezzanine floor for security control directly from the entrance of Departure Hall 1.

This will eliminate the need for these passengers to proceed through the check-in area.

The mezzanine floor spans over an area of 5,000m² while a new security checkpoint with 21 security lanes has been created.

For contactless baggage check-in, nearly 20 new baggage drop-off points have been deployed in the Departure Hall.

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In addition, the airport has established a new connecting walkway between the 21 security lanes in Departure Hall 1 and the 14 security lanes in Departure Hall 2.

This will allow the travellers to move in between the halls when it is crowded.

With the commissioning of the new security checkpoint on the mezzanine floor, all transfer and departure entryways at the airport are now installed with CT scans.

As a result, passengers can now leave any liquids or electronics in their handbags.

Royal Schiphol Group chief projects and assets officer Hanne Buis said: “Security, quality of service and innovation are three of our key objectives. All of this comes together in our renovated Departure Hall 1. We are very proud of the result.

“Passengers will have much more space both at check-in and at security control, which uses security equipment of the highest quality and offering the greatest ease of use. As a result, passengers will no longer have to remove liquids and electronics from their bags.”

Last month, AMS opened its Polderbaan Runway for air traffic after completing major maintenance works.