PanAm747LHR From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 229 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 12 months ago) and read 1658 times:
Hi everyone! Merry Christmas!
I was just wondering where gate information for AMS is available. Neither KLM's nor Northwest's websites give specific gate numbers. I also tried www.schiphol.nl. I'm trying to find out where KL 658 usually arrives, and where KL 1131 usually departs from. (I'm flying EWR-AMS-CPH with KL tomorrow!)
Hope those of you who were celebrating had a great holiday!
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4327 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
Quoting Grbld (Reply 1): There is no "usually" in this case, flights are not fixed to gates. They do usually arrive at a certain pier.
This is correct. Officially, the gate numbers are designated the day before by the airport. However airlines like LH, TP, BA, AZ, IB, OS and SK do get the same gates often as this a) makes planning a lot easier and b) some airlines may have facilities at the gate especially for them. For example LH uses two specific gates at the B pier just like IB
Quoting Grbld (Reply 1): Pier B: Transavia, Finnair, Iberia, Sterling, Lufthansa, Alitalia, Austrian, SAS, Air Berlin
www.schiphol.nl should do the trick when you click details. For example, today's KL1131 will depart from gate C07 and today's KL657 left from F07. A B744Combi, btw, no A332. That's your a/c tomorrow! Enjoy!
Lamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 22 Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
Quoting Grbld (Reply 1):
Pier D: KLM short haul, Transavia, Martinair, Easyjet, BMI, British Airways, Aer Lingus, sometimes a KLM 767 or MD11, ArkeFly
Pier E: KLM long haul, Northwest, Singapore, Cathay, China Southern, Kuweiti
Pier F: KLM long haul, Northwest, JAL
Small correction: NW only at gates E, never at F. Easyjet now only at gates H. KQ almost always at F03, 05 or 07, BR at E22 or 24. KL332 also at gate D47 every once in a while, and the other day I handled a KL T7 to NBO at D47 too.
Private Air's B737 usually at D03 or 05, and so on. There's a preference as you can see, but it will vary according to availability.
B74E Just departed Schiphol for EWR. The flight to CPH will most likely be a B738.
Transfer at Schiphol is relatively easy, as all piers connect to the same terminal building. Disadvantage are the large walking distances.
Enjoy your visit to AMS.
PanAm747LHR From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 229 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1433 times:
Wow, thanks for all the info guys! As much as I'd love to be on the 74E, I don't leave until tomorrow (27/12) and if I'm not mistaken that 74E will turn around at EWR and fly back to AMS tonight. If that's not the case however, fantastic - I'll be on a 747 tomorrow! However, I think its going to be a 767. It was scheduled as an A332 when I bought the tickets a month ago, however about two weeks ago my seat assignment was randomly changed and then two days later it said that I was on a 767 instead of an A332. Anyway, whatever it is, I'll be happy to be flying with KLM. I have never had a bad experience with them yet.
Happy Holidays to you all and best wishes for a happy new year!
PHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1333 times:
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 10): Major disadvantage. Flew in earlier this year, and we used a gate at the far end of the D pier. It took forever to get to immigration at the main terminal.
It's getting "worse" when arriving from outside Europe, and then having to connect to the B-pier. B18 for example is a loooong way to go from, say, the E-pier.
AMS has the "mind-your-step walkways", but they should do something about all this semi marathon prep stuff. In fact, I fear that with the current design of the airport and the merger with AF, AMS will loose its importance as European hub.
Too much noise-restrictions, too windy, too few runways, too long taxi times from the RWY to the gate, etc.
It's a pitty, really.
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1328 times:
Quoting PHKLM (Reply 11): It's getting "worse" when arriving from outside Europe
I arrived on a U2 flight from LTN, so I guess technically Europe. I was carrying my heavy hand baggage, and assumed the carts costed something. Since I didn't have any Euros yet, I didn't get one. I didn't realize until later, they were no cost.
PHKLM From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Dec 2005, 1198 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1125 times:
Quoting Lamedianaranja (Reply 17): I'm sorry but after being folded in an aircraft seat for a couple of hours or more I absolutely welcome a long walk. Ever heard of DVT (deep vein thrombosis)? Walk, baby, walk!
I'm fit and I honestly don't care about walking in AMS. But when trying to make a connection and rushing with your 10kg hand-luggage it's a bit less comfortable
On the other hand, when you have on-board luggage and arrive in AMS, there is a good chance your luggage is (almost) at the belt already once you arrive there.