Amsterdam Schiphol has acquired a new runway de-icing vehicle for about EUR 300,000 (USD 380,000). German manufacturer Dammann supplied the vehicle, which has a spraying width of 40 meters. The sprayer arms are fitted with LED lighting to ensure safe operation in poor visibility. Schiphol has been using potassium formate for runway de-icing since 2011, as an environmentally friendlier alternative to potassium nitrate.
The Amsterdam hub airport continues to show an appetite for innovation. Schiphol has come a long way from 1967 when its existing terminal was inaugurated and annual passenger capacity was 6 million. It is now the main aviation gateway in the Netherlands, fed by regional subsidiaries such as Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven airports.