Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Taps Red Hat to Support Goal of Becoming Best Digital Airport

Europe’s third largest airport works to create great passenger experience with new digital services; Creates multi-cloud platform based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat JBoss Fuse, and Red Hat 3scale API Management


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Europe’s third largest airport, is using Red Hat solutions to expand the range of services it offers passengers, supporting its goal of becoming the world’s best digital airport. With help from Red Hat, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is creating a self-service, multi-cloud platform for its internal IT team and its business partners, slashing development time as it creates new services for travelers.


Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, truly, has stolen my heart, because the platform is innovative, I can deploy quickly, and I am in control of the containers.

Mechiel Aalbers

senior technical application coordinator, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Servicing more than 63.6 million passengers and processing more than 1.7 million tons of cargo last year, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is Europe's third largest airport in terms of passenger number and cargo volume. The 100 year-old airport aims to continue its position as a top airport in Europe and to do so, the airport set forth its bold ambition to become the world’s best digital airport by 2018. To create a great passenger experience with technology, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has focused on creating digitally-minded culture, introducing a range of new technologies and digital services - all aimed at simplifying and improving the passenger journey and the airport’s operations.

As part of this effort, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol reviewed its IT services strategy, and wanted a scalable application platform to accelerate the development and deployment of its new digital services across its hybrid environment. They required a cloud-agnostic, open platform that could not only enable application portability, offering Amsterdam Airport Schiphol greater flexibility and the ability to avoid lock-in on a cloud platform, and which could also integrate with partner services through APIs.

After a detailed review of competitive solutions, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol chose Red Hat to support its needs for a modern and agile platform aligned with its technology vision, including new cloud-native applications and digital services based on open APIs.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is creating a hybrid, multi-cloud development platform based on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform deployed across Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its on-premise virtualized environment. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform is the first and only container-centric, hybrid cloud solution built from Linux containers, Kubernetes, Project Atomic and OpenShift Origin upstream projects and based on the trusted backbone of the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform provides a more secure, stable platform for container-based deployments without sacrificing current IT investments, enabling mission-critical, traditional applications to coexist alongside new, cloud-native and container-based applications.

Using Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform across its multi-cloud environment, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol can also meet its high availability and scalability challenges during its busiest times, including holidays. And, with the highly scalable, container-native storage solution provided by Red Hat Gluster Storage integrated with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was able to manage the complexities of persistent storage.

Key to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s digital strategy are the services it delivers via APIs, including its Flight API, which provides information for passengers such as gate, terminal and check-in time. The APIs are also shared with its partners for enhanced passenger services. The airport had already been using Red Hat JBoss Fuse for its on-premise infrastructure as the airport's main service bus. Now, it has connected this on-premise service to JBoss Fuse integration services running on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to exchange data between its main systems and APIs running in the cloud. With JBoss Fuse-based API services in Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat 3scale API Management, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol reports that it can create new APIs 50 percent faster.

Supporting Quotes
Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat
“Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is an excellent example of an organization embracing a more flexible open source platform to support its digital transformation. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has an ambitious goal - to become the best digital airport by 2018 - and has recognized that doing so not only requires a more modern technology stack, but also a shift in processes and people's mindset. Red Hat is excited to be Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s technology partner, and as they progress toward this goal, the combination of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, JBoss Fuse, Red Hat 3scale API Management, and Red Hat Gluster Storage offers them a more agile platform to speed the delivery of new services.”

Mechiel Aalbers, senior technical application coordinator, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
“Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, truly, has stolen my heart, because the platform is innovative, I can deploy quickly, and I am in control of the containers. We want to have stable solutions that are sustainable for the coming years, but we need things to happen quickly. Our developers don't have to wait for development or test environments now, so we can add more business value more quickly. We have shifted risk from our mission-critical systems to a solution which we believe is future-proof, and which we are planning to use in the coming years for our cloud strategy.”

Additional Resources

Connect with Red Hat

  • About Red Hat
  • Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

  • Forward-Looking Statements
  • Forward-Looking Statements           

    Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including: risks related to the ability of the Company to compete effectively; the ability to deliver and stimulate demand for new products and technological innovations on a timely basis; delays or reductions in information technology spending; the integration of acquisitions and the ability to market successfully acquired technologies and products; fluctuations in exchange rates; the effects of industry consolidation; uncertainty and adverse results in litigation and related settlements; the inability to adequately protect Company intellectual property and the potential for infringement or breach of license claims of or relating to third party intellectual property; risks related to data and information security vulnerabilities; changes in and a dependence on key personnel; the ability to meet financial and operational challenges encountered in our international operations; and ineffective management of, and control over, the Company's growth and international operations, as well as other factors contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K (copies of which may be accessed through the Securities and Exchange Commission's website at, including those found therein under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic and political conditions, governmental and public policy changes and the impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release and these views could change. However, while the Company may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.


    Red Hat, the Shadowman logo, JBoss, OpenShift, Gluster and 3scale are trademarks or registered trademarks of Red Hat, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and other countries. Linux® is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries.