A look ahead at air traffic

A look ahead at air traffic 19 September - 2 October 2022

  • 1,270 flights per day expected (average)

    In the period of 19 September - 2 October, we expect an average of 1,270 flights per day at Schiphol. We are currently expecting a similar number until the end of mid-October.

  • 10 peak moments per day expected

    07:00-09:20 (landing), 09:20-11:00 (take-off), 11:00-11:40 (landing), 11:40-13:20 (take-off), 13:20-14.00 (landing), 14.00-15:00 (take-off), 15:00-16:00 (landing), 16:00-17:40 (take-off), 18:20-20:00 (landing) and 20:40-22:00 (take-off).

  • Several runways unavailable

    On Wednesday 21 September, the Kaagbaan is unavailable to air traffic between 11:00 and 17:00 due to works. The Zwanenburgbaan is under maintenance from 26 September to 2 October. Aircraft will take off from and land on the other runways.

Runway use at Schiphol

Schiphol has six runways: Kaagbaan, Polderbaan, Aalsmeerbaan, Zwanenburgbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Schiphol-Oostbaan. Which runways we use depends on the availability of the runways, the wind and weather conditions and the environmental regulations for runway use. In principle, two runways are always in use: one for departing and one for arriving aircraft. At peak moments, a second runway may be used.

Read more about flight paths and runway use here

A look back at air traffic 29 August - 11 September 2022

  • Runway use past two weeks: Polderbaan mostly used

    The Polderbaan (33.1%) and Kaagbaan (32.6%) were used the most. The Aalsmeerbaan (16.8%) and Zwanenburgbaan (15.8%) were used as secondly. One or two flights landed on the Schiphol-Oostbaan (1.5%) and the Buitenveldertbaan was under maintenance (0.2%).

  • 1,260 flights per day (average)

    In the period of 29 August - 11 September, there was an average of 1,260 flights per day at Schiphol. We had predicted an average of 1,275 daily flights in our outlook. The number of flights was 86% of what we had in the same period in 2019.

  • Peak times last week

    The early and late morning, early and late afternoon and evening landing peaks were followed by a take-off peak every day. An average of 10 peak moments as a result of air traffic volumes. The peak start and end times deviated slightly, as expected.


Deployment per runway

Kaagbaan Runway usage

In the period of 29 August - 11 September, the Kaagbaan was one of the most frequently used runways. Around a third of all flights took off from or landed on this runway.

Polderbaan Runway usage

In the period of 29 August - 11 September, the Polderbaan was the most frequently used runway. More than thirty-three percent of all flights took off from or landed on this runway.

Aalsmeerbaan Runway use last week

Between 29 August and 11 September, the Aalsmeerbaan was deployed as a secondary runway during the day at peak times or when other runways could not be used due to works or weather conditions.

Zwanenburgbaan Runway usage

Between 29 August and 11 September, the Zwanenburgbaan was deployed as a secondary runway during the day at peak times or when other runways could not be used due to works or weather conditions. The Zwanenburgbaan was deployed for landing on a few nights due to works on the Polderbaan and Kaagbaan.

Buitenveldertbaan Runway usage

In the period of 29 August to 11 September, the Buitenveldertbaan was only deployed briefly for landing on 4 September towards the end of the afternoon. This was because of the weather conditions. From 5 to 13 September, the Buitenveldertbaan was unavailable due to works.

Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway usage

The Schiphol-Oostbaan was only used a few times between 29 August and 11 September. Between 5 and 9 September, it was deployed for landing during peak times due to a combination of weather conditions (including showers), air traffic volumes and maintenance on the Buitenveldertbaan.

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