More space at Schiphol for the Airbus A380

Since January more space has been created at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for the Airbus A380. Previously, two superjumbo jets could be handled at the same time, but since January these large aircrafts can park at a third gate: gate E24 at the head of Pier E. Deerns designed the new platform and the new boarding bridges.

More space needed

The arrival of larger aircrafts, such as the Airbus A380, has many consequences for an airport where space is limited. Not only is there a need for other passenger boarding bridges for double-decker aircrafts but, when taxiing, these aircrafts also need more manoeuvring space to take corners, etc. To enable aircrafts to park, a study was first made of the area around the head of Pier E. From this study, it appeared that the taxi route had to be diverted and that the parking place for the aircraft had to be expanded.

Passenger boarding bridges also for smaller aircrafts

Because the Airbus A380 has two decks, at least two bridges are needed; one for the upper deck and one for the lower deck. The bridge must be able to reach a considerable height in order to connect to the upper deck without causing any inconvenience to the passengers. The new solution for the passenger boarding bridge in use since January has been designed so that passengers hardly notice any change to the ascent or descent level. Moreover, the passenger boarding bridges are designed so that smaller aircrafts can also park at this gate, which will provide much more flexibility.

The users of gate E24 and the owner Schiphol have indicated that they are very satisfied with the new solution.

Further information

For further information about this project, please contact Rob Kint.

19 février 2019

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