A look ahead at air traffic

A look ahead at air traffic 27 September – 3 October 2021

  • 1,010 flights per day expected (average)

    In the week of 27 September – 3 October, we expect an average of 1,010 flights per day at Schiphol. We are expecting an average of around 1,015 flights per day until the end of October.

  • 8 peak moments per day expected

    We expect 8 daily peak moments: 07:20 – 09:00 (landing), 09:20 - 11:00 (take-off), 12:40 -13:40 (landing), 14:20 – 15:20 (take-off), 15:20 – 16:00 (landing), 16:00 – 17:00 (take-off), 18:40 - 20:00 (landing) and 20:20 - 21:40 (take-off).

  • Aalsmeerbaan under maintenance

    The Aalsmeerbaan is not available for air traffic next week due to runway maintenance. The Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways may be deployed more frequently (for take-offs towards the south or landings from a southerly direction).

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 13 – 19 September 2021

  • Runway use last week: Polderbaan mostly used

    The Polderbaan (34.5%) and Kaagbaan (30.0%) runways were most frequently used, the Buitenveldertbaan (2.3%) and Schiphol-Oostbaan were used the least. The Aalsmeerbaan (17.9%) and Zwanenburgbaan (15.3%) were used as secondary runways.

  • 984 flights per day (average)

    In the week of 13 – 19 September, there were an average of 984 flights per day at Schiphol. We had predicted an average of 990 daily flights in our outlook. This is 67% of the flights we had in the same week in 2019, before the coronavirus crisis.

  • Peak times last week

    The morning, early afternoon, late afternoon and evening landing peaks were followed by a take-off peak every day. The start and end times of the peak moments deviated slightly due to certain factors, such as the weather and air traffic volumes.


Deployment per runway

Kaagbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 13 – 19 September, the Kaagbaan was the second most frequently used runway, after the Polderbaan. In the night of 14 September, the Kaagbaan was used for take-offs towards the north-east due to brief works on the Polderbaan. These works involved removing the rubber that landing aircraft leave behind on the runway.

Polderbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 13 – 19 September, the Polderbaan was the most frequently used runway. In the night of 14 September, the Polderbaan was not available due to works (the removal of rubber left behind by aircraft tyres). The Kaagbaan was therefore used for take-offs towards the north-east, and the Zwanenburgbaan for landing aircraft coming from a southerly direction.

Aalsmeerbaan Runway use last week

The Aalsmeerbaan was primarily deployed as a second runway for take-off and landing at peak times.

Zwanenburgbaan Runway use last week

The Zwanenburgbaan was mainly used as a second runway for take-off and landing during peak moments. In the night of 14 September, the Zwanenburgbaan was used for landings (aircraft approaching from a southerly direction) due to works on the Polderbaan that involved the removal of rubber left behind by aircraft tyres.

Buitenveldertbaan Runway use last week

On 15 September, the Buitenveldertbaan was used for take-offs in the morning due to limited visibility, and for landings in the evening due to a westerly wind. On 16 September, the Buitenveldertbaan was deployed for landings, and on the 18 September for take-offs (also due to a westerly wind).

Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 13 – 19 September, the Schiphol-Oostbaan was used a handful of times by departing and arriving commercial flights.

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