NSS at Schiphol
On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 March, the eyes of the world will briefly be focused on The Hague, during the Nuclear Security Summit. During this two-day event, the Netherlands will be welcoming 58 world leaders and heads of state, plus an entourage of 3,000 journalists and 5,000 other participants. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has been designated as the host airport for the NSS. From 10 March, Runway 18R-36L (the Polderbaan) will be taken out of use to prepare for receiving the delegations and for parking government aircraft. This runway has been designated for the reception as it offers the best security and logistics.
Regular air traffic operations will continue at Schiphol and will be distributed across the remaining four runways. The restriction of airspace and the airport's hourly capacity at certain times during this period may require some flight schedule adjustments. Passengers will be informed by the airlines if and as needed.
Airport access will also present some challenges during the summit. Due to planned national motorway closures and the likelihood of traffic jams, Schiphol advises travellers to make the journey by train, if possible. Dutch Railways (NS) will be operating longer trains during this period. For more information, visit the NSS site.
Frequently asked questions
What will the NSS mean for Schiphol?
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has been designated as the host airport for the NSS on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 March 2014. We are expecting the arrival of 58 world leaders, 3,000 journalists and 5,000 other participants. Schiphol will continue to conduct regular traffic
Where will Schiphol organise the reception of the world leaders?
In preparation, Runway 18R-36L (the Polderbaan) will be closed on 10 March, and prepared for receiving the delegations and for parking of the aeroplanes.
Why this runway?
This runway has been designated for the reception as it offers the best security and logistics at Schiphol.
How many weeks will Runway 18R-36L (the Polderbaan) not be operational?
The Polderbaan will not be operational from March 10th until six weeks after that date. After the NSS top there will be maintenance on this runway. The (major) maintenance was already on the agenda of this year. Because the Polderbaan will be closed during the NSS and, among other things, lamps will be removed for the parking of the airplanes it is decided to keep the maintenance right after the NSS instead of a few months later.
Will Schiphol remain open for regular (i.e. commercial) flights?
Schiphol will continue to conduct regular traffic. An area surrounding the reception runway will be screened off, in order to receive the delegations. The regular flights will be distributed among the remaining four runways. Some flight schedules may require adjustment due to airspace restrictions, etc. If flight modifications are necessary, passengers will be informed by their airlines.
Will Schiphol be accessible during the NSS?
Schiphol will be accessible. Some disruptions to traffic are expected, especially during peak times, due to the full or partial closure of major arterials and motorways leading to and from The Hague. These closures will commence on the afternoon of Sunday 23 March 2014.
Schiphol strongly advises passengers to allow for extra travel time, and to take the train or avoid travelling during peak hours. The Dutch Railways will be using extra-long trains on certain lines during the NSS.
Will the Schiphol car parks be accessible, and can I park at Schiphol during the NSS?
Yes, they are accessible. the Schiphol car parks are open during the NSS.
For Information on the perfect parking spot, please advice our Parking pointer at our homepage.
Please allow for extra travel time to and from the airport, particularly during peak times, due to full or partial closures on major arterials and motorways.
Will the Panorama terrace be open?
This will be decided at a later date.
Can I see the reception of the delegations from the Panorama terrace?
No, the reception of the delegations takes place in a secured area around Runway 18R-36L. There is no view on this occasion from the Panorama terrace.