prepared for the future
Top Connectivity is the key phrase for Schiphol. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol must be optimally accessible, not only for air traffic, but also by road and public transport, with an extensive network of destinations and an appropriate infrastructure. Schiphol airport is one of the major European Mainports. It is also a main hub, an airport where a large proportion of the passengers transfer to connecting flights. Our aim is that Schiphol airport continues to be a Mainport and a hub in the future.
To maintain our strong position in the global aviation sector, expansion of our capacity is inevitable. At present, we are already approaching the limits of the capacity of the terminal, the piers and the aircraft stands on peak days. If this growth continues at the current rate, the situation will definitely get worse. It is expected that, over the next ten years, the number of passengers will increase by 25%. This is within the limit of 510,000 air transport movements as agreed by the parties in the Alders Platform. The higher number of passengers will further increase the pressure on our operations in the coming years. This will also be noticeable to the passengers. When the capacity is, or seems to be, insufficient, quality will be rated lower. This is something that we are not willing to accept: we also guarantee capacity and quality in the future.
Furthermore, competing hubs in Europe and the Gulf states, such as Frankfurt and Dubai, are raising their profile. This is a second reason to keep up. These airports are investing large amounts in capacity and quality and form a growing threat to the competitive position of Mainport Schiphol.
In light of the above, we are collaborating with our partners on the preparation of a Master Plan for Schiphol that provides for expansion of the capacity and structural improvement of the quality of the terminals, piers and aircraft stands. Linked to this Master Plan is a long-term investment plan that encompasses various, often independent projects. This modular plan offers flexibility: we will realise infrastructure facilities as and where necessary. This careful planning should limit the financial impact of the investments on airport charges.
Central security control
In the meantime, we will not sit back and wait. A number of projects that address the changing situation have been started. A major reform that we are already working on is the central security concept in the non-Schengen area of the terminal. Security checks of passengers and hand luggage will take place at central security filters instead of at the gates. To create room for this process change, an additional floor will be constructed on a number of piers (E, F and G) and an existing floor will be redesigned to accommodate security control. Central security ultimately results in a far more efficient process, better use of the boarding lounge and gate capacity, more comfort for passengers and better future preparedness of business operations in light of new legislation and regulations in the area of security. Initial preparations started in 2013 and this extensive project is expected to be completed in 2015. The investment programme relating to this project amounts to approximately 350 million euros.