Amsterdam Schiphol sees 6 million passengers in August

Exterior view of Schiphol Airport terminal.
Shirley de Jong, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons
By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, a bustling European hub of international travel, has witnessed a strong surge in passenger numbers in August 2023.

With 6 million passengers passing through its gates, this figure represents a 14% increase compared to the same month in 2022 and a staggering 60% increase when contrasted with the numbers from 2021.

A Closer Look at the Passenger Traffic


In both July and August of 2023, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) proved its appeal by welcoming more than 6 million passengers.

Of these, 3.9 million either embarked on their journey or arrived at Schiphol directly, while an additional 2.1 million utilized the airport as a transfer point.

Interestingly, over a million of these travelers fall under the unique category of transfer passengers, a classification that aligns with international counting methods. Consequently, these passengers are tallied twice—once upon arrival and again upon departure.

Queues of people at Schiphol Airport security control.
Ymblanter, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Source: Schiphol Airport

Destination Preferences of Travelers


European Destinations

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport continues to be a gateway to Europe, with nearly 4.3 million passengers choosing to either arrive in or depart from European destinations.

This marks a significant 14% increase compared to 2022. The allure of intercontinental travel is also on the rise, with almost 1.8 million passengers opting for destinations outside of Europe—a 12% increase compared to the previous year.

Spanish Frontrunner

Among the myriad of destinations, Spain emerges as the frontrunner in popularity, with more than 280,000 passengers selecting it as their destination in August 2023.

This was closely followed by the United Kingdom, with over 238,000 passengers, and Greece, with 137,000 passengers. The appeal of Italy, Turkey, and the United States also remains strong among travelers.

Photo Credit: Schiphol Airport.

Aviation Activity


Flight Count

The aviation scene at Schiphol was buzzing with a total of 41,584 flights in August 2023—an impressive 10% increase compared to 2022.

Breaking it down further, 33,964 of these flights were destined for European cities, while 7,620 carried passengers to intercontinental locations, showcasing the airport’s role as a global connector.

Cargo Flights

While passenger flights soared, cargo flights experienced a different trend. The number of all-cargo flights witnessed a 108% decrease compared to August 2022, totaling just 1,270 flights in August 2023.

This is consistent with the general experience of air cargo operators globally. The volume of cargo transported mirrored this decline, registering at 110,126 tonnes—a 6% decrease compared to the previous year.

Please click here for the complete overview of Schiphol Airport traffic and transport figures for August 2023.

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