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Getting to know Schiphol

Schiphol organises all kinds of activities that bring the world at the airport and the people living in the area and other interested parties closer together. The objective of these activities is to communicate how the airport operates, which strengthens the relationship with the region. Visit our website to read more about spotting planes, cycling routes and to find information for school projects.

Schiphol Neighbour Days

The first Schiphol Neighbour Days started in September 2012. Once a month, a group of 45 'neighbours' from the vicinity of Schiphol visit the airport. In a special programme, they are offered a look behind the scenes that includes watching a fire-fighting exercise and getting a look at the aircraft and the runway area from up close. The interest for these days was overwhelming and the feedback was very positive.

People who live further away also have the opportunity to learn more about Schiphol. In 2012, the Behind the Scenes-bus tour was introduced, an attraction that has proved to be very successful. The slogan is: 'Experience Schiphol from up close!'. The tours take place four times a day from Wednesday to Sunday; tickets can be booked online.

Teaching materials

In 2012, Schiphol developed educational materials in collaboration with the Schiphol Regional Consultative Committee and Rotterdam The Hague Airport as a pilot project. The materials are aimed at children age ten to twelve at primary schools in the immediate vicinity of the airport. With Schiphol as the theme, different skills, such as mathematics, language skills and geography are combined in a creative manner. Children learn that the airport is not only a starting point for their summer vacation. They also learn about sustainability, working at the airport and Schiphol as transit port for all kinds of goods. The experience of the participating schools with the educational materials was so positive, that the materials will be published for a larger number of schools near the airport during the coming years.