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'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:45 pm

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:54 pm

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:15 am

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!!
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:18 am

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.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:25 am

well it's the only airport I ever went to with a sex shop inside ....  Big grin
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:55 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 1:58 am

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.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:02 am

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.

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:43 am

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.

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:15 am

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.
 
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Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:27 am

But what about our great HKGBig grin
 
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Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:37 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:03 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:21 am

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 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:40 am

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

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:31 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:54 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:56 am

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:18 am

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!
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 7:24 am

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.

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 12:35 pm

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.

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:22 pm

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...
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:35 pm

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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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Wed Dec 14, 2005 6:51 pm

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
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:46 am

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.
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 11:44 am

Quoting DgeHfx (Reply 24):
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.

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 Pier E. There are a few others scattered around. Landside, you can only smoke outside. FRA does have small smoking sections both airside and landside.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:02 pm

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 passengers. I love transiting there, the atmosphere is great. And the easy access to the city is awesome!
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:10 pm

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 22):
and hussle going through endless lines of security checks.

This is really a US phenomenon. Most big international airports have very reasonable lines for security.
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 2:31 pm

As far as design and user friendly TPA and Paris Orly rank the highest.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:03 pm

Sorry, I might also add that smoking in AMS is also permited in some of the restaraunts, bars and cafes landside. My mistake.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:20 pm

Quoting Delta777Jet (Reply 11):
the long long taxiway to the one runway which is almost in the next country

36L take-off/18R landing (Polderbaan) in combination with 06 landing/24 take-off (Kaagbaan) is the preferred runway when weather conditions permit. It sure is far, 15 minute is the standard taxitime calculated between touchdown and gate arrival.

Still, SPL is the best. To work at and to fly from  Cool I had the wonderful experience last week to work the gate together with my son. He's doing an apprenticeship at the KL C-class lounge but I 'borrowed' him for a while. I've never handled a flight with more pleasure and hopefully the kid got infected with the AMS aviation bug  Wink
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:51 pm

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 before you're allowed to cross runway 09R/27L to go to T4. And queues for takeoff are more common at airports with only 2 runways. So it's all not that bad at AMS...

I like AMS, although the baggage claim is on the slow side...

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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:22 pm

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 public transport (even though the automatic machines for the train tickets were only in dutch). They did, however, lose my sister's luggage the first time I passed through there (it met us in Prague two days later).

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

That really is irritating!

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 27):
This is really a US phenomenon. Most big international airports have very reasonable lines for security.

Not really having much to do with your reply, but now that you mention security AMS seemed to be much more lax in terms of security than most airports I've been through. Maybe it was just an impression.
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 7:24 pm

BRU is the best for me...
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:35 pm

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 to be and BRU has also
improved a great deal since that time.
AMS though is also my prefered airport, even compared to SIN,DXB,HKG.
I hear ICN is also great, but I haven't been there.
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Sat Dec 17, 2005 6:45 am

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

There's one in VIE as well!  tongue 

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 many airports the carts don't beep, so the driver had to keep saying "excuse me" a hundred times.

Then some guy just stopped the cart like he was hailing a cab and asked where the Sheraton (or whatever hotel) was, and the driver was like "Sure, hop on, I'll drop you off by the exit."

The best part was driving through the passport control with me just flashing my passport like I was some kind of VIP. When we got to the gate I ran down the jetway only to discover the rush was useless, as we would be delayed 30 minutes at the gate.

Then I remember the captain made some joke about the Dutch and AMS having six runways as we taxied for ten or so minutes!

It was a fun time!
 
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RE: 'AMS Best Airport Of The World'

Sat Dec 17, 2005 9:52 am

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 its still free!!
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