Amsterdam's Schiphol airport tests air filtration system on apron

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is conducting a pilot test to reduce ultrafine particles on its apron.

During the test, air will be cleaned by a special air filtration system that has been installed next to Pier D.

The filtration device, developed by Van Wees Innovations, creates airflows that cause ultrafine particles to clump together and form larger particles that can be filtered.

Last year, Schiphol conducted a successful pilot with this device at a fire station next to the runways. The device cleaned the air almost fully. However, because the building is in use 24 hours a day, with windows and doors being opened, the reduction during the trial came to an average of 75%.

During this new pilot on the apron, they will be investigating whether the machine also works outdoors.

Schiphol wants to offer employees a healthy workplace and improve the quality of life in the local environment. Patricia Vitalis, executive director Schiphol Operations at Royal Schiphol Group, said: “Everyone has the right to a healthy place of work. That’s why we keep on developing and investigating ways to improve the air quality on the apron. This innovation is new in the aviation sector. We’re also thinking outside the box, doing experimental research and looking at promising solutions used in other sectors.”