Amsterdam’s airport Schiphol is 100 years old today

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1921: A De Havilland DH-9B H-NABO at a misty Schiphol

This Monday Schiphol is one hundred years old. Exactly one century ago, the first military aircraft, a Farman, landed on the muddy meadow of farmer Knibbe. Meanwhile, the airport has become an international megahub used annually by more than 60 million passengers. King Willem-Alexander will visit Schiphol this Monday. He will get a tour and attend the presentation by two students about their idea of the airport of the future, the outcome of a contest of science museum Nemo.

Schiphol may incidentally mention Royal in its official name as of today, as announced last week. The airport is expecting a record 63 million passengers this year and will continue to grow over time to 80 million travellers. For this purpose hefty investments in infrastructure will be required, said CEO Jos Nijhuis Friday in an interview with Reuters.

The centenary is further more celebrated with various exhibitions at, among others, the Amsterdam Museum and the Aviodrome in Lelystad.

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