Christiaan van Zeijl (31) from Amsterdam is Facilities Manager for Hago Airport Services B.V.
‘I have four workplaces at Schiphol, which means there are days when I walk 10 kilometres from one to the other. There is something magical about this place; every three minutes a plane is either taking off or landing. We can see the runways from our office in the WTC Schiphol Airport. It can be distracting during meetings sometimes. I recognise all of the aircraft; we provide the cleaning services in the hangars, too. You walk right under the planes. How many people get to do that? The high-pressure environment of the airport challenges me to do my best. Delays have a direct impact on us: they result in more rubbish. We must be able to respond immediately and be flexible. I haven’t been working at Schiphol for very long; a little over five months. The airport has special meaning to me personally, too. In 2009, I boarded a plane to South Africa to visit my girlfriend, who was on an internship. We had just started dating It was a wise decision: we’re still together.’