Boarding your flight
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Check in and drop off your baggageTo start your journey in a relaxed way, you can easily check in online or at the airport and drop off your baggage at one of the baggage drop-off points. View the check-in and baggage drop-off times.
Before boarding starts, the gate will be open and KLM staff will be available to help you with any questions you may have. If you notice your abbreviated name on the screens, please go to the desk at the gate for further information.
Since the gate number may have changed, we recommend that you always check the actual departure gate on the information screens at the airport.
|*’Europe: ‘Schengen countries||55 minutes before departure|
|*’Europe: ‘non-Schengen countries||55 minutes before departure|
|Intercontinental||90 minutes before departure|
The boarding time is shown on both your boarding card and on information screens at the departure gate. We recommend to be at the gate before boarding starts. The amount of time prior to departure that boarding begins depends on the destination:
|*’Europe: ‘Schengen countries||30 minutes before departure|
|*’Europe: ‘non-Schengen countries||30 minutes before departure|
|Intercontinental||45 minutes before departure|
If you travel in KLM Business Class, or if you are a Flying Blue (or SkyTeam) Elite Plus member, you will be one of the first to board the aircraft. Just look for the red SkyPriority signs!
Read more about SkyPriority
When does the gate close?
At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, you can board up to 15 minutes before departure for all KLM flights. If you arrive after the gate closing time, you will not be allowed onto the aircraft.
At other airports, these times can differ. Please check the information screens at the airport carefully for the correct information. When in doubt, please ask our staff.
Receive flight information by SMS or e-mailWant to stay up-to-date on the latest information concerning your flight? Sign up for this service and we will send you the following information by SMS or e-mail:
- check-in time
- any gate changes
- boarding time
- any delay or cancellation of your flight
There is no charge to sign up for this service or to receive messages.
Read more about receiving flight information by SMS or e-mail
Get to your gate faster from Privium Parking P2 at Amsterdam Airport
Please note: the Privium pedestrian bridge from P2 Parking to Piers B and C is closed. For more information, please visit the Schiphol website .
Now you can get to your gate even faster after parking your car at Schiphol! Piers B and C can now be accessed using a footbridge from Privium Parking P2.
You can use the footbridge if you:
Are travelling in First or Business Class, are a Flying Blue or SkyTeam Elite member or a Privium traveller, and
Have already checked in online and are travelling with hand baggage only, and
Are travelling to a Schengen country.
The footbridge bypasses the Departure Hall, with only a security check to go through. The bridge can be used between the hours of 5:00 am and 8:00 pm. The bridge cannot be accessed from the arrival gates at Schiphol.