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Competitive position
Passenger market share

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol showed the second-highest relative growth of all Top 10 European hubs, after Istanbul. Schiphol maintained its position as Europe's fourth-largest passenger airport in 2013, following frontrunner London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt. Istanbul registered the highest growth (13%) and remained just behind Schiphol in fifth place with a total of 51 million passengers. In view of the current growth at Istanbul, it would be reasonable to assume that the airport will surpass Schiphol in terms of passenger volumes over the course of 2014. Schiphol's market share increased slightly in 2013 compared to last year, from 10.7% to 10.8%.

Cargo market share

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was able to maintain its third place in the Top 10 of European cargo airports. Frankfurt and Paris Charles de Gaulle took first and second place, respectively. London Heathrow, which saw cargo volumes decline in 2013, remained in fourth place. Schiphol's market share within the European Top 10 cargo airports increased from 13.9% to 14.6%.

Multi-year development

With the exception of Madrid, the major European airports have all experienced uninterrupted growth since 2009. Madrid has been hit hard by the European economic crisis since 2011.

Istanbul is the fastest growing European airport, breaching the 50-million passenger mark for the first time in 2013. A little further outside Europe, the rapidly expanding airport of Dubai (DXB) is experiencing growth comparable to that at Istanbul. In 2013, Istanbul airport transported 73% more passengers compared to 2009; an increase of almost 25 million passengers. The fast growth recorded at Dubai and Istanbul is attributable to the significant fleet and route expansions by their respective home carriers. Of the major Western European hubs, Schiphol has experienced the most significant growth over the past few years. In 2013, Schiphol transported over 20% more passengers in comparison with 2009 (+9 million passengers).