Schiphol Group and Lovers Company have launched a behind the scenes multimedia bus tour that will provide visitors with the opportunity to gain access to usually restricted areas, including the fire service, the snow clearance fleet, the cargo aprons with their large hangars, the terminal for private jets and the old air traffic control tower.
The tour is aimed at both young and old visitors, day-trippers, tourists and passengers arriving or transferring at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The tour will begin with passengers being made to feel they are entering an aircraft as they board the bus thanks to sounds from the air traffic control tower, the welcome screens and their boarding passes.
A video presentation will then take the visitors through Schiphol operations, explaining information on the terminal, the runways, flight paths, runway maintenance, baggage and the bird control units. The tour will also feature past anecdotes, such as the fact that the first flight in 1916 was a military flight, that cargo was also transported during the first passenger flight in 1920, and that there are three different theories on the origin of the name 'Schiphol'.
The tour starts and finishes at Schiphol Plaza and takes just over an hour. Tickets can be purchased online at www.schipholbehindthescenes.nl or in the airport arrivals hall or beyond passport control at Holland Boulevard between piers E and F. Tickets cost €15 (US$19.67) for adults and €7.50 (US$9.83) for children aged 4-12. A 10% discount applies to tickets purchased online.