Schiphol growing fast

Schiphol has now become the fastest growing airport in the European Union.

With an added one million passengers in 2012 it overtook Madrid to become the fourth busiest airport in the EU.

Passengers out of Schiphol increased 2.6 per cent to reach a total of nearly 51 million in 2012 according to figures from Eurosat, the statistical office of the EU. Passengers out of Madrid on the other hand declined by 8.9 per cent to 45.2 million, partly because of the the large number of airline strikes in Spain during the year.

London Heathrow still tops the rankings with nearly 70 million passengers a year, followed by Paris (61 million) and then Frankfurt (57 million).

According to Eurosat overall traffic in the EU totalled 827 million passenger in 2012, a 0.7 per cent increase on 2011. The largest increases were in Estonia and Lithuania and the lowest in Slovenia and Slovakia.