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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hosts briefings and airside tour for IIASL

On 15 May 2024, master’s students and staff from the International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL) visited Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the Netherlands' main international airport and the world’s third busiest airport for international passenger traffic.

As part of the Advanced LL.M. in Air and Space Law programme, participants attended specially tailored presentations given by the Royal Schiphol Group (RSG). The company owns and operates Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and Lelystad Airport and holds a majority stake in Eindhoven Airport.

In the briefing session, Jan Zekveld (Head of Innovation RSG) explained how innovation accelerates change at airports. Matthijs Lamberts (Airport Slots and Stakeholder Management Strategist, RSG) discussed airport capacity management. Lastly, Martijn Rijke (Manager of Legal Regulatory, RSG) shared his knowledge on the legal aspects of the airport’s innovation and strategy.

Besides the topics of innovation, capacity and legal, students also heard from Sanne Vos-Zwart (Corporate Trainee, RSG) about experiences and opportunities regarding internships at the RSG.

The visit also included an exclusive airside tour, which enabled attendees to closely observe airside operations as part of airport management, focusing on areas where aircraft movement and ground handling services intersect. Linda Broekhuisen (Special Operations Manager, RSG), David Bruinse (Strategic Advisor, RSG), and Oscar Wokke (Passenger and Logistics Process Management, RSG) gave a unique, informative bus tour on the tarmac of the entire Schiphol premises, which covers 2.787 hectares of land.

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