Deep red figures for Schiphol, hundreds of runways away

The company owns Schiphol Airport and the airports of Rotterdam and Lelystad. It also has a majority stake in Eindhoven Airport.

All airports handled far fewer aircraft and passengers than last year. The number of passengers at Schiphol fell by 62 percent compared to the first half of 2019. The number of aircraft movements fell by more than half.

Jobs disappear

Schiphol successfully appealed to the NOW 1 scheme, with which the government covers a large part of the salaries of companies that got into difficulties due to the corona crisis. Schiphol Group received 27 million euros from this. An application for NOW 2.

is still pending

But the company expects a few hundred jobs to disappear. Schiphol Group employs a total of around 3,000 people

For the whole of 2020, the company expects to handle between 55 and 72 percent fewer passengers than last year. The outlook for the coming years is “very uncertain”. Schiphol Group believes that air traffic will not be back to last year’s level before 2023-2025.

Because of the uncertain future, the construction of the new terminal at Schiphol has been postponed by at least two years.

Bigger blows?

In total, some 68,000 people work at Schiphol Airport, according to research commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works. These people include airlines, baggage handlers, security and the hospitality industry. Suppliers such as caterers, cleaning companies and transport companies employ a further 45,000 people