Despite the high airport costs AMS
attracts quite a few LCC's. My company yet alone handles 32 loco flights a day; Easyjet, Jet2, Thompson Fly and Virgin Express.
And than we have Helvetic, SkyEurope, EUjet, BMIbaby and Smart Wings and Basiqair. Quite a few flights all together. That's why I think 7 added gates for clustering all LCC's (Basiqair not counted as they will probably continue to use HV
gates) isn't enough.
is extending terminal 3 and building new baggage handling facilities between B-pier and C-pier. I'm not sure yet but it looks like an extension of the terminal building is going to be built on top of it. At the moment there is only a walkway between those 2 piers.
Maurice, where did you get that info?
Years ago I saw a mock-up in one of the terminals which showed AMS
with all the expansion completed. It showed a satellite J-pier across the A4
motorway connected with terminal 3 by a little mono-rail similar like the KUL
concept and a lot of new cargo facilities on the other side of the current ones alongside 06-24. Anyone knows were this mock up has gone? The mock-up didn't show a second 06-24 BTW.
I've heard this plans are on hold because of the downturn in aviation last years and that's also what I have understand from the memo I received about the plans for a H-pier.
But this plans will come to realisation someday. When this comes true and a second 06-24 will also be there AMS
wil be an "amazing" HUUUUUGE airport!!
What I've also heard, only heard so I'm not sure is that there are long term plans for an A-pier with an extension of the terminal building in the direction of the current KLM cargo and catering facilities. That would mean this facilities and the commuter ramp will have to move then.
I'll gather more information and ask some colleagues with inside information tomorrow.