Flag raised on Schiphol’s new Pier A 

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The highest point has been reached in the construction of the new Pier A at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, prompting the traditional flag raising ceremony.  

Together with building partner Ballast Nedam/TAV Construction, Schiphol held its traditional ceremony, in which the Dutch flag is raised to the highest point and the customary builders’ gift is handed over. Reaching this milestone has brought the new pier’s completion one step closer.

The new pier has three storeys and a surface area of 55,000m² (592,015ft²), equivalent to the size of 11 football pitches. The pier was designed to be as flexible as possible with regard to handling various types of aircraft and passengers. For example, a total of eight new gates will soon be added, with space for five narrow-body aircraft on the north side and three spaces for wide-body aircraft or five narrow-body aircraft on the south side. The new pier is also suitable for all types of passengers: Schengen, non-Schengen, screened and unscreened.

Sustainability plays a key role in the pier’s construction, which features, for example, biomaterial, insulating glass and recycled plastic. In addition, some 5,000m² (53,820ft²) of solar panels will be installed on the roof. The pier is due to open at the end of 2020.

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