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Amsterdam is a large city located in the Netherlands. As the capital of the country and being an fundamental financial and cultural centre of the Netherlands, the city has very high business ratings that often exceed 250. Tourism ratings are much higher and it frequently exceeds 350 or more.

Strategy

Amsterdam is one of the best cities in the game to start a hub in, although this is not very true for most beginners. The city has very high ratings that can help make virtually all routes out of this city to be very profitable. Players will try to take advantage of this and will attempt to open as many routes as possible, leading to intense competition. Amsterdam is able to cope, but beginners with little experience in dealing with price wars are advised to avoid this city as a hub as the competition can have a significant effect on the growth of airlines if not handled properly. Amsterdam is located in one of the best spots in the whole world. Many great routes can be made to cities in Europe (e.g. Moscow and Istanbul), North America (e.g. Toronto and Houston), Africa (e.g. Cairo and Johannesburg) and Asia (e.g. Dubai and Hong Kong). Despite this, players are recommended to maintain monopolised flights to medium sized cities like Stockholm, Montreal, Malaga and Riyadh as these flights tend to make more money overall compared to competition-laden routes to large cities.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will usually attain maximum slot usage within 5 to 10 years into the game due to very high demand for slots in the city. Such excessive demand means the primary airport will not be enough to meet it and additional airports are required. These airports can be built by the players or national government and players are advised to be the one that builds the secondary or tertiary airport when the opportunity presents itself. Buying the national airport is also a strongly recommended option and should be done so as soon as a player has the funds for the purchase.

Like many major cities, many flights out of Amsterdam to large cities for passenger and cargo operations will have heavy competition and the best planes to gain an edge in these flights are the ones with a large capacity and a very high satisfaction. Examples are the Boeing 747, Airbus A380, McDonnell Douglas MD-11. When flying to small and medium sized cities, medium to large capacity planes are advised and good examples include the Boeing 777, Airbus A310, McDonnell Douglas DC-10 and the Lockheed L-1011. The use of small capacity planes is not endorsed as these planes have the tendency of not being able to meet the demand for seats on a route even during off-peak periods. This means additional planes are needed to service the routes and this leads to increased depreciation.

Trivia

  • The airport opened in 1916 as a military airbase. In 1940, the airport was captured by the Germans during World War II and was renamed to Fliegerhorst Schiphol. Today, the airport's name, Schiphol, reflects the Dutch word "order" (Luchthaven Schiphol).
Amsterdam
Airport Data
Airport Name Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
IATA AMS
ICAO EHAM
Business 200-350
Tourism 250-450

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