In 2012, the total number of passengers at Schiphol increased by 2.6% to 51 million. The increase was small compared with 2011 (10.0%) as the increase in that year was exceptionally high, in part due to a recovery effect. The number of OD passengers (passengers with Schiphol as their point of origin or destination) increased by 2.1% to 30.1 million. The number of transfer passengers increased by 3.4% to 20.9 million, which is 41% of the total number of passengers.
Home carrier KLM and its SkyTeam partners, which together account for the largest segment, showed the highest growth in absolute terms and transported 32.3 million passengers in 2012, an increase of more than 1 million (+3.2% compared with +8.5% in 2011).
The highest relative growth was achieved by the low-cost carriers, the second-largest segment. The number of passengers of these airlines increased by more than 6.8%, which equals an absolute growth of 0.4 million to 7.1 million. However, the increase was substantially lower than in 2011 (+24.7%).
As in previous years, July was the busiest month in 2012 with more than 5.2 million passengers, an increase of 1.4% compared with July 2011. This is a record number for Schiphol: never before have so many passengers travelled to or from Schiphol over the period of one month. With 177,700 passengers, 20 July was the busiest day.
With 34.7 million passengers, Europe was, as always, the continent with the largest passenger volume travelling via Schiphol. Europe also, again, accounted for the largest absolute growth in the number of passengers by 811,000 or 2.4%. Africa showed the highest relative growth at 8.4% to 2.8 million passengers, followed by Central and South America: 6.7% to 2.3 million passengers. The number of Asian passengers was in line with 2011 at 4.3 million passengers, an increase of 3.1%. With 5.6 million passengers, North America held second place in terms of absolute passenger volumes, a slight increase of 1.2% The only region with a declining number of passengers was the Middle East: a decrease of 5.5% to 1.4 million passengers.
Load factor again higher
Again in 2012, there was an increase in the average load factor of passenger aircraft to 80.7% compared with 79.2% in 2011. The number of available seats increased by 460,000, or 0.7%, to more than 63 million.