A look ahead at air traffic

A look ahead at air traffic 21 - 27 June 2021

  • 695 flights per day expected (average)

    In the week of 21 - 27 June, we expect an average of 695 flights per day at Schiphol. Air traffic is expected to rise further as we head towards summer due to a lot of people flying to their holiday destinations.

  • 6 peak moments per day expected

    In the week of 21 – 27 June we expect 6 daily peak moments: 07:20 - 08:40 (landing), 09:20 - 11:00 (take-off), 13:30 -13:40 (landing), 14:20 – 15:00 (take-off), 18:40 - 19:40 (landing) and 20:20 - 21:20 (take-off).

  • Zwanenburgbaan available again

    The Zwanenburgbaan will be available again on 21 June after regular maintenance. On Monday 21, Thursday 24 and Friday 25 there is some maintenance to be done. During peak times in the afternoon, the Buitenveldertbaan and Schiphol-Oostbaan may be used.

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 7 – 13 June 2021

  • Runway use last week: Kaagbaan mostly used

    Kaagbaan (42%) and Polderbaan (39%) were most frequently used. Aalsmeerbaan (11%) and Buitenveldertbaan (8%) were mainly used as 2nd runways. Schiphol-Oostbaan was used as 2nd runway for landing at peak times (0,5%). Zwanenburgbaan was under maintenance.

  • 578 flights per day (average)

    In the week of 7 - 13 June, there were an average of 578 flights per day at Schiphol. We had previously predicted 585 flights per day in our forecast. The number of flights remained the same as the week before.

  • Peak times last week

    The morning landing peak was followed by a take-off peak daily last week. There were 6 afternoon landing peaks and Sunday afternoon also saw a take-off peak. There was an evening take-off peak on 6 occasions. 3 of these were preceded by a landing peak.


Deployment per runway

Kaagbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 7 - 13 June, the Kaagbaan was the most frequently used runway for landing. The majority of flights took off from or landed on this runway.

Polderbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 7 – 13 June, the Polderbaan was the second most frequently used runway, after the Kaagbaan. As of 15 June, the Polderbaan is available for deployment in all visibility conditions. The Polderbaan’s renewed Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been working reliably and stably – in accordance with international safety standards – since 15 May 2021.

Aalsmeerbaan Runway use last week

On two days, the Aalsmeerbaan was used as the main runway for landing when the Kaagbaan wasn’t available due to works or due to a rather strong north-westerly wind. The Aalsmeerbaan was also deployed during peak times as a second runway for take-off or landing, along with the Kaagbaan.

Zwanenburgbaan Runway use last week

In the week of 7 to 13 June, the Zwanenburgbaan was not available to air traffic due to maintenance works.

Buitenveldertbaan Runway use last week

On four days last week, the Buitenveldertbaan was occasionally used as the main runway for landing when there was a westerly or north-westerly wind. This was because the Zwanenburgbaan and Polderbaan were not available due to (maintenance) works. The Buitenveldertbaan was also used at peak times as a second runway for take-off and landing, along with the Polderbaan.

Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway use last week

The Schiphol-Oostbaan was deployed as a second runway for landing at peak times due to poor visibility.

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