Schiphol terminal expansion, security reorganization.

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Translated from Dutch:
http://nos.nl/artikel/528343-schiphol-twee-jaar-in-verbouwing.html

Today Schiphol started a large remodelling that is expected to take up to 2,5 years. New floors will be added to the E-pier and F-pier, and the terminal will be expanded a bit.

The changes are required to create space for the centralized security checks for non-Schengen countries. At the moment this happens at the gate. Chairman Jos Nijhuis of Schiphol saus the changes are needed for better performance at peak moments.

"The queues at the gates will be less, thereby also decreasing the risk for flight delays," says Nijhuis. The new security checks will in future be done at five locations. The security for Schengen countries is already organized like this.

A new A-pier will also be added. This is a new short pier.

For the time being the passengers will not notice the works. After the summer the first effects will be felt as the walking routes to some of the gates will be changed.

The works should cost around 500 million euro. The centralized security should be completed by July 2015. The A-pier will be opened in 2016.

note: it does not say in the article where the new A-pier will be build. I would assume that (part of) the apron used by the regionals, mostly KLM Cityhopper, will be sacrificed.

edited to add:
At the Schiphol site a press statement details that the new pier will have capacity for up to 8 planes / 3 million passengers.

Dutch only:
http://hugin.info/135966/R/1715749/570216.pdf

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Pieter: off the topic sorry, is the viewing deck still open at Schiphol? Whenever i visit its usually in the van so around the various perimeter spots, but, have planned about 5 hours transit on way to Dubai in September and hoping to spend it on the terrace.

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Still open free of charge 7:00 to 20:00. It now even has a KLM Cityhopper F100 as exhibit.

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Translated from Dutch:
http://nos.nl/artikel/528343-schiphol-twee-jaar-in-verbouwing.html

Today Schiphol started a large remodelling that is expected to take up to 2,5 years. New floors will be added to the E-pier and F-pier, and the terminal will be expanded a bit.

The changes are required to create space for the centralized security checks for non-Schengen countries. At the moment this happens at the gate. Chairman Jos Nijhuis of Schiphol saus the changes are needed for better performance at peak moments.

"The queues at the gates will be less, thereby also decreasing the risk for flight delays," says Nijhuis. The new security checks will in future be done at five locations. The security for Schengen countries is already organized like this.

A new A-pier will also be added. This is a new short pier.

For the time being the passengers will not notice the works. After the summer the first effects will be felt as the walking routes to some of the gates will be changed.

The works should cost around 500 million euro. The centralized security should be completed by July 2015. The A-pier will be opened in 2016.

note: it does not say in the article where the new A-pier will be build. I would assume that (part of) the apron used by the regionals, mostly KLM Cityhopper, will be sacrificed.

edited to add:
At the Schiphol site a press statement details that the new pier will have capacity for up to 8 planes / 3 million passengers.

Dutch only:
http://hugin.info/135966/R/1715749/570216.pdf

So what do these security changes mean for the spotter wanting to causally walk around the piers which has always been a nice way to kill a few hours interlining at AMS?

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So what do these security changes mean for the spotter wanting to causally walk around the piers which has always been a nice way to kill a few hours interlining at AMS?
If the same setup will be used as already in use at the Schengen-piers, then at least it will remain the same but probably a bit easier still as there will presumably no longer be individual areas per gate for screening purposes. Although I would suspect flights with a higher risk for terrorism (e.g. El Al) or drug trafficking (e.g. Surinam Airways) will keep special treatment.