Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

Discover the essential operational analysis of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS). We've analyzed and benchmarked Netherland's biggest airport concerning flights, punctuality, and cancellation rates in 2021. Here are the results!

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) — Flights, Punctuality & Cancellations in 2021

We continue the most detailed airport analysis with Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS). Schiphol Airport is one of the world’s biggest airports and the hub of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Therefore, we analyzed its performance in 2021: Flight rankings, punctuality reports, and cancellation rates. Moreover, we benchmarked the airport’s performance against regional averages. Here’s what’s contained in detail:

Performance Overview
Flight Volume Analysis
On-Time Performance
Cancellations
Pre-COVID Comparison

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Performance Overview

We start our analysis with the essential numbers regarding flight volume, pre-COVID comparison, punctuality, and cancellations. Then, however, we will provide more details about each of the figures in the sub-chapters below.

Flight Volume & Pre-COVID Comparison

From February to July 2021, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport operated 47,000 flights. On average, the airport handled 7,800 flights monthly. However, as we will see below, the volume distributes quite volatile across the months. Overall, compared to the same period in 2019, Schiphol Airport operated 40% of the flight volume.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Flight Volume 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Flight Volume 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Flight Volume Pre-COVID Comparison
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Flight Volume Pre-COVID Comparison

On-Time Performance & Cancellations

From February to July, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport achieved a solid departure on-time performance of 85.5%. Departure on-time performance counts all flights that depart at the airport +/-15 minutes to their scheduled departure time. At the same time, 1.6% of scheduled flights at Schiphol Airport were canceled.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — On-Time Performance 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — On-Time Performance 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Cancellations 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Cancellations 2021

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Flight Volume Analysis

Let’s take a deeper look at the flight volume at Amsterdam’s main airport from February to July 2021. From February to April, the airport did not see substantial development. On the contrary, the flight volume hovered around 6,000. Nevertheless, this was similar to many other major hubs (see Istanbul, for example). However, the volume increased sharply by more than 33% in June, almost reaching 10,000 monthly flights. On top of that, the airport added another 4,000 flights in July, reflecting a month-on-month growth rate of 43%

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Flight Volume Analysis
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Flight Volume Analysis

Detailed Data
In case you want to have a look at the detailed data, here we go:

MonthNo. Flightsvs. prev. Month
February5,021
March6,05820.1%
April6,0960%
May7,07216.0%
June9,33932.1%
July13,33943.5%
Avg. ’217,830
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) – Flight Volume Details: February – July 2021

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – On-Time Performance

When looking at Schiphol’s on-time performance, we find a diverse picture. In March, April, and May, Amsterdam Airport delivered strong results above 90%. However, especially in February and July, the airport operated at a poor punctuality level. Nevertheless, Schiphol’s performance was similar to the EMEA average in all of the months.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Punctuality Rate Development 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Punctuality Rate Development 2021

Detailed Data
In case you want to have a look at the detailed data, here we go:

MonthAMSEMEA Average
February81.9%82.6%
March91.0%87.2%
April90.3%87.1%
May90.5%86.6%
June85.1%94.9%
July74.0%76.9%
Avg. ’21%85.9%
On-time performance: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) compared to EMEA average

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Cancellations

Despite a sub-optimal performance in February, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport delivered solid results in terms of flight cancellations. Moreover, in March, April, May, and July, Schiphol saw fewer than 1% cancellations. Overall, AMS’s cancellation performance was 0.2pp below the EMEA average.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport - Cancellation Rate Development 2021
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Cancellation Rate Development 2021

Detailed Data
In case you want to have a look at the detailed data, here we go:

MonthAMSEMEA Average
February5.7%2.6%
March0.9%1.6%
April0.5%2.0%
May0.9%1.8%
June1.2%1.1%
July0.5%1.6%
Avg. ’211.6%1.8%
On-time performance: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) compared to EMEA average

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Pre-COVID Comparison

To provide more context, we put Schiphol’s flight figures in relation to pre-COVID volume. Therefore we benchmark 2021 data with 2019. Between February and July, Amsterdam Airport operated on average 11,200 fewer flights in 2021. However, here’s the important figure: AMS managed to reduce the gap to pre-COVID volume from 69% to 38% from February to July. As a result, in July, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport operated almost 63% of the traffic at the same time in 2019.

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Traffic in 2021 and Gap to 2019
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport — Traffic in 2021 and Gap to 2019

Detailed Data
In case you want to have look at the detailed data, here we go:

MonthFlights 2021Flights 2019’21 vs. ’19 (abs)’21 vs. ’19 (%)
February5,02116,93311,912 29%
March6,05819,48913,431 31%
April6,09620,22314,127 30%
May7,07221,29114,219 33%
June9,33920,55811,219 45%
July13,39921,4958,096 62%
Average7,83019,99812,167 38%
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport – Number of Monthly Flights Compared to Pre-COVID

Used Data

The shown information is based on OAG data and internal data sources. Whenever stated, EMEA refers to airlines based in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.

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