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Traffic and transport figures for October 2019


In October of this year, 6.4 million passengers travelled from, to or via Schiphol, an increase of +0.3%, while the number of passenger flights decreased (-1.3%) compared to last year. The number of seats per flight grew to an average of 174 in October, offsetting the decline in the number of passenger flights. In the aviation sector, October is the traditional transition month from the summer season to the winter season. The winter timetable took effect on 27 October. Four new destinations will be added to Schiphol’s range of flights this winter.


The number of cargo flights decreased by 60 (-4.3%) compared with the 1400 recorded in October last year. This decrease is less pronounced than in September. Nonetheless, the tonnage transported decreased further compared to October 2018 (-6.2%).

Passenger destinations

In October, 4.6 million passengers travelled from and to European destinations (+0.8%). Within Europe, the destinations that continue to gain popularity were mainly located in Poland, Austria and Turkey. The number of passengers to Germany fell (-2.5%) compared to October last year. In addition, the number of passengers to and from Iceland fell (-40%) due to the loss of WOW air earlier this year.

The number of intercontinental passengers at Schiphol fell slightly (-0.5%) to 1.8 million. The number of passengers from the Far East fell the most (-8.2%), due to the loss of Jet Airways. By contrast, the number of passengers to and from North America increased by 3.6%. This growth was particularly evident for the United States.

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