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'AMS Best Airport Of The World'  
User currently offlineJCS From Netherlands, joined Jun 2004, 210 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

According to the Dutch website nu.nl, the British magazine Buying Business Travel has voted AMS Schiphol as best airport of the world. Other nominees were: Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Chicago.
Earlier this year AMS was already voted as best airport of Europe by 'Business Traveller' for the 22th time since 1980. The website says AMS had during the last 25 years about 130 of these awards.

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User currently offlineBDKLEZ From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 1735 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5903 times:

As someone who worked at Schiphol for nearly 8 years, I'm a great fan of AMS. The ease of passenger check-in and processing facilites, the easy to understand signage, the ease of transiting the airport, these are all without a doubt the best in the world.

However, the influence of politics on the Airport Authority, can often make life a little more difficult for operators.

In terms of a passenger experience, it's great!



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User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 1):
The ease of passenger check-in and processing facilites, the easy to understand signage, the ease of transiting the airport, these are all without a doubt the best in the world.

Forget all that, the lady who says "MIND YOUR STEP" does it for me!!


User currently offlineMorvious From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 707 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5790 times:

I like Amsterdam Schiphol to as a passenger.

Biggest problem for me at Amsterdam is the traffic  Smile, but that is a problem in the whole country though.

But if this is going to get any worse (as expected) Schiphol could be difficult to reach in the future.



have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5765 times:

well it's the only airport I ever went to with a sex shop inside ....  Big grin


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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5728 times:
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Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 1):
In terms of a passenger experience, it's great!

Yes, it really is, except the H Pier! I arrived at the gate, no seats, no nothing, just a gate, and of course, no bathroom! A 10min walk back and forth was required to go to the toilet in the G Pier! That was annoying.

The rest of the airport was excellent though, that' true.



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5722 times:

AMS is by far my favorite airport for connection. The lady saying "Mind your step" is pretty funny, at first, I couldn´t understand and I understand something like "Maggy Ted Lee".
But really, I love AMS with everything I can.
Regards,
Adam



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User currently offlineGrbld From Netherlands, joined Dec 2005, 353 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 5628 times:

I think Schiphol is doing a good job, even though it's being bogged down by everything and everyone, most notable the people who complain about the noise. According to a study I read, there are about 5X as many complaints per person in the area as in comparable areas such as London, Paris and Frankfurt. You can now even monitor noise levels on the Schiphol website!

Being based at AMS, it's still a nice place to come to work.

Grbld


User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5576 times:

Quoting PipoA380 (Reply 5):
Yes, it really is, except the H Pier! I arrived at the gate, no seats, no nothing, just a gate, and of course, no bathroom!

Just wait in Lounge 3 until you're almost ready to board Smile

I love AMS. It's an all round pleasant, friendly place to be. It's great just to fly in and spend a few hours there on Panorama Terrace and in the shopping centre down below. Definately my favourite airport so far.

Paul



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User currently offlineYago From Iceland, joined May 2002, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5516 times:

well it's the only airport I ever went to with a sex shop inside ....

I remember seeing one in FRA.

I like AMS but I don't see anything particular. I prefer CPH, for me the best in Europe.


User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5499 times:

But what about our great HKGBig grin

User currently offlineDelta777Jet From Germany, joined Jun 2000, 1247 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

The only big big dissadvantage is the long long taxiway to the one runway which is almost in the next country, specially if you going on a short trip to Paris you can expect to taxi 20 minutes sometimes.

Everything else is perfect in Amsterdam !



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5440 times:

Quoting RicardoFG (Reply 2):
Forget all that, the lady who says "MIND YOUR STEP" does it for me!!

LOL!

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 4):
well it's the only airport I ever went to with a sex shop inside

Sorry, but where is there a sex shop in AMS? You can get many magazines in the bookstore and DVDs in the electronic store, but I've never seen a dedicated sex shop in the airport or plaza. FRA has a sex shop between concourses A and B of Terminal 1.

Spending so much time in AMS myself, it is by far the best airport to connect through in Europe. It's not necessarily the most exciting, but by far the nicest and easiest.



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User currently offlineTinkerBelle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5403 times:

Quoting JCS (Thread starter):
Other nominees were: Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Chicago.

I'm surprised ORD was on the list or any other US airport for that matter. If anything SFO (International terminal) would be my choice if a US airport had to be there but Chicago??? Gimme a break..... Maybe they meant Chicago Midway  biggrin 


User currently offlineIMatAMS From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 5371 times:

Quoting BHXFAOTIPYYC (Reply 4):
well it's the only airport I ever went to with a sex shop inside ....

There's NO sexshop at AMS

IM


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5325 times:

Quoting RicardoFG (Reply 2):
Forget all that, the lady who says "MIND YOUR STEP" does it for me!!

Clearly you haven't been to AMS lately, as the funniest PA announcement is nowdays 'Passengers ..... & ..... to ..... you are delaying the flight', and a bit later if they still don't show up followed by 'Passengers .... & .... to .... your luggage will be offloaded'

Quoting Grbld (Reply 7):
According to a study I read, there are about 5X as many complaints per person in the area as in comparable areas such as London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Must be be because we have a dedicated phoneline wich is very public, the only thing they don't do is advertise it.

Quoting BDKLEZ (Reply 1):
As someone who worked at Schiphol for nearly 8 years, I'm a great fan of AMS

Same for me, I worked there when I was 16 (cleaning planes, not the best thing), and now I quit my other job I'm sure I want to work there again. Nothing beats the atmosphere of AMS.



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User currently offlineBhxfaotipyyc From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 12):
Sorry, but where is there a sex shop in AMS?



Quoting IMatAMS (Reply 14):
There's NO sexshop at AMS

Well there WAS. It was called Mr Meullers sex shop or something like that.... and guess, what I was too chicken to go in it. This was a few years ago, so I stand corrected if this fine establishment has now closed....



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5288 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 15):
Quoting Grbld (Reply 7):
According to a study I read, there are about 5X as many complaints per person in the area as in comparable areas such as London, Paris and Frankfurt.

Must be be because we have a dedicated phoneline wich is very public, the only thing they don't do is advertise it.

Wasn't there a thing about that going on back a few years in Rotterdam I think it was. A bunch of people complained about the noise, but they were just watching the teletext and every time a plane "took off" on the screen, they'd call in and complain about the noise, even if no plane actually took off.



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User currently offlinePipoA380 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 1594 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5247 times:
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Quoting PMN (Reply 8):
Just wait in Lounge 3 until you're almost ready to board

If I knew that  Wink

I'll know for next time!
Thx,
Philippe



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5234 times:

Quoting Bhxfaotipyyc (Reply 16):
Well there WAS. It was called Mr Meullers sex shop or something like that.... and guess, what I was too chicken to go in it. This was a few years ago, so I stand corrected if this fine establishment has now closed....

I've been going in and out of AMS on a regular basis since 1991 and have never seen one. Pre 1991 is possible, as is between 1991 and 1994, but as of 1995 I know 100% there was none.

[Edited 2005-12-13 23:36:26]


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User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 4865 posts, RR: 15
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 5133 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 19):
I've been going in and out of AMS on a regular basis since 1991 and have never seen one. Pre 1991 is possible, as is between 1991 and 1994, but as of 1995 I know 100% there was none.

I too have been flying through AMS t least 6 times a year since 1990 and have never seen or heard of this shop. As a nosey warm-blooded teenager I would have discovered it for sure.

YOWza



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User currently offlineRicardoFG From Spain, joined Feb 2005, 677 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 15):
Clearly you haven't been to AMS lately, as the funniest PA announcement is nowdays 'Passengers ..... & ..... to ..... you are delaying the flight', and a bit later if they still don't show up followed by 'Passengers .... & .... to .... your luggage will be offloaded'

Funny you should mention that...when doing a final boarding call for KL @ YYZ the other day, the passenger never showed up after 3 calls, so i did it a la AMS with the you are delaying the flight, we will proceed to offload your luggage...go figure they showed...i guess with that announcement they felt more at home, lol...


User currently offlineBeaucaire From Syria, joined Sep 2003, 5252 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5060 times:

How do you define "best airport in the world??"
If I live in a medium size city and my home-airport is just nice,practical,smooth,friendly and convinient- well maybe that's the "best airport in the world" for me !
I don't dispute AMS ,CPH ,DBX or HGK bein great airports - but maybe just a little too great in size ,cost ( passenger tax ) and hussle going through endless lines of security checks.
Personally I like the smaller airports much more- a matter of human size infrastructure.



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User currently offlineSergeant655 From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

I have a recording of that announcement. i makes me laugh as it is made several times every hour there. Yet passengers still do not show up even with that announcement. i know someone who missed a flight at AMS and he said that he could not hear the announcement inside the shops

User currently offlineDgeHfx From Canada, joined May 2001, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4859 times:

Does AMS still permit smoking? Last time I was there, albeit a long time ago, it was one of the filthiest indoor environments I'd ever had to endure. FRA is still filthy.

25 ACDC8 : AMS only has smoking sections near some of the bars and cafes. Airside, there is one smoking area right before Pier G, there is another one just by P
26 UpperDeck79 : I love AMS! I was really, really happy to actually have a work-related 1-day excursion there at the beginning of the year on how to board disabled pas
27 MarshalN : This is really a US phenomenon. Most big international airports have very reasonable lines for security.
28 Layzhon : As far as design and user friendly TPA and Paris Orly rank the highest.
29 ACDC8 : Sorry, I might also add that smoking in AMS is also permited in some of the restaraunts, bars and cafes landside. My mistake.
30 Post contains images Lamedianaranja : 36L take-off/18R landing (Polderbaan) in combination with 06 landing/24 take-off (Kaagbaan) is the preferred runway when weather conditions permit. I
31 IL76 : I don't think taxi-time is that big of a deal at AMS. For example, when flying to LHR -a relatively compact airport- it sometimes takes 10 minutes bef
32 Pyrex : I've been to Schipol several times, and transited through there twice, and I loved it. It is simple, efficient and user-friendly, with easy-to-use pub
33 SNBA : BRU is the best for me...
34 KLMCedric : Haha, SNBA, with your love-affair with SNBA and BRU, shouldn't you consider becoming a belgian citizen!! Just joking, SNBA is way better then SN used
35 Post contains images Newkai : There's one in VIE as well! My favorite story from AMS is when they put me on one of those cart things to rush me to my connecting flight. But unlike
36 Cgnnrw : AMS has the best observation deck in the world...okay I haven't been to every airport in the world but I think it would be hard to beat. The part is i
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