Runway availability: Runway maintenance and works in

To keep the six runways and the taxiways at Schiphol safe and in good condition, we regularly perform maintenance and other works on and around them. The runways are often unavailable for air traffic while the works are being carried out. Deploying other runways means that there will be consequences for runway use and air traffic. And this can mean that you, as our neighbour, see and hear more or fewer aircraft overhead. On this page you can see what works are being done and which runways have limited or no availability. Dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Current and upcoming works

29 and 30 November: Works on taxiway Zulu affect runway use

On Tuesday 29 November and Wednesday 30 November between 09:00 and 16:00, there will be works on taxiway Zulu to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. This means that air traffic cannot taxi in the area to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan; they must taxi along the north side. If the Polderbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways were to be in use simultaneously during peak times, taxiing aircraft would come too close to the departing or landing traffic on the Zwanenburgbaan. For safety reasons, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway will therefore be used more frequently as a second runway during peak times when air traffic lands from the north or takes off towards the north.

Provisional runway maintenance schedule 2023

Please find the provisional schedule runway maintenance 2023 below. These dates are subject to change.

Date Runway maintenance
2 January 2023 - mid April 2023 Major maintenance Zwanenburgbaan Runway
End of April 2023 - end of June 2023 Renewal landing system Zwanenburgbaan Runway
22 May 2023 - 30 May 2023 Maintenance Aalsmeerbaan Runway
3 July 2023 - 11 July 2023 Maintenance Buitenveldertbaan Runway
4 September 2023 - 12 September 2023 Maintenance Kaagbaan Runway
18 September 2023 - 1 October 2023 Maintenance Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway
9 October 2023 - 17 October 2023 Maintenance Polderbaan Runway
Mid October 2023 - start of November 2023 Works landing system Polderbaan Runway

Previous works

21 November – 22 November 2022: maintenance Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway

The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will not be available Monday 21 November and Tuesday 22 November due to maintenance. This will have a limited impact on major air traffic, since this runway is typically only used for general aviation, smaller business and private planes. The smaller aircraft will use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway or one of the other runways while these works are going on.

14 November – 18 November 2022: maintenance Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway

The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will not be available from Monday 14 November to Friday 18 November due to maintenance. This will have a limited impact on major air traffic, since this runway is typically only used for general aviation, smaller business and private planes. The smaller aircraft will use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway or one of the other runways while these works are going on.

7 November – 8 November 2022: maintenance works Kaagbaan Runway

The Kaagbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November and will therefore not be in use. As a result, we expect that more aircraft will land on the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways this period. We will deploy the Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways for departing air traffic.

31 October – 4 November 2022: maintenance works Kaagbaan Runway

The Kaagbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance from Monday 31 October until Friday 4 November and will therefore not be in use. As a result, we expect that more aircraft will land on the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways this period. We will deploy the Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways for departing air traffic.

10 October – 14 October 2022: maintenance Polderbaan Runway

The Polderbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance from Monday 10 to Friday 14 October. Air traffic is expected to use the Zwanenburgbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways for take-offs and landings during this period. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may be used more often as a second runway for landing. This depends on factors including the weather conditions (wind direction and force), runway availability and air traffic volumes. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be deployed at night.

26 September – 2 October 2022: maintenance Zwanenburgbaan Runway

The Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance from 26 September to 2 October. While this is going on, air traffic will make more frequent use of the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway. Also, a small part of the flights will use the Kaagbaan Runway. At peak times and when there is a southerly wind, the Buitenveldertbaan and Schiphol-Oostbaan runways may be used more often as a second runway for landing. In addition, the Buitenveldertbaan can be deployed more often as a second runway for take-off when there is a northerly wind.

21 September 2022: Kaagbaan Runway unavailable between 11:00 and 17:00

On Wednesday 21 September, control and measurement works will be carried out in the Kaagbaan's runway station. To do this, the runway lighting has to be partially lit, which means that the Kaagbaan cannot be used for air traffic. The works are being carried between 07:00 and 17:00 and the Kaagbaan Runway will therefore be unavailable for take-off and landing between 11:00 and 17:00. Air traffic will be making more frequent use of the Zwanenburgbaan, Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways.

15 September 2022: Zwanenburgbaan Runway unavailable

On Thursday 15 September between 07:00 and 18:00, additional maintenance works will be carried out on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. The reason is a malfunction in the runway's electrics. The works will be carried out next to the Whiskey 5 taxiway. This short-term maintenance is being combined with works on Bravo, the adjacent taxiway. On this day, air traffic will make more frequent use of the Buitenveldertbaan Runway.

5 September – 13 September 2022: maintenance Buitenveldertbaan Runway

The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance between Monday 5 and Tuesday 13 September. Since this runway is not available for air traffic, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may be used for landings during this period. This could be in the case of strong (south) westerly winds or when showers affect the approach to the Polderbaan and the Zwanenburgbaan runways. Throughout this period, we expect that the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways will be deployed more for departing and landing aircraft.

1 July - 22 August 2022: Aalsmeerbaan unavailable at times of limited visibility

While the Aalsmeerbaan Runway undergoes major maintenance, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be replacing the runway’s Instrument Landing System (ILS). An ILS helps aircraft make a gradual curved approach towards the runway. According to international safety regulations, any new ILS must have been operating reliably for 30 days before the runway can be used for landing when visibility is limited. So only after that can the Aalsmeerbaan Runway be used for landing in all visibility conditions. During this period, another runway can be deployed for landing when visibility is limited.

16 and 23 July: test flights Aalsmeerbaan

On Saturday 16 July and Saturday 23 July, Schiphol and LVNL are carrying out test flights on the Aalsmeerbaan Runway between 15:00 and 23:00. These flights allow us to test the runway's updated instrument landing system (ILS). Because the test aircraft has to fly in the approach zone of both the Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways, neither will be available during this period. Regular air traffic will make use of other runways while the tests are being conducted.

4 April to 1 July 2022: major maintenance Aalsmeerbaan Runway

The Aalsmeerbaan Runway will undergo major maintenance and will not be in use between 4 April and 1 July. During this period, the aircraft that would usually take off from or land on this runway will use the Kaagbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Schiphol-Oostbaan runways instead. Since the Aalsmeerbaan Runway is closed at night, the major maintenance has no consequences for night flights.

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will replace the Aalsmeerbaan Runway’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) as part of this major maintenance. An ILS assists airplanes in making a gradual descent towards the runways. Some of the maintenance that needs to be done on the ILS can only be carried out once the main works have been completed. For up to six weeks after the completion of this maintenance, the Aalsmeerbaan Runway cannot be used as runways for landing in all visibility conditions. As a result, the Zwanenburgbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways might be used more often when there’s a northerly wind.

24 juni 2022: Aalsmeerbaan en Buitenveldertbaan tijdelijk niet beschikbaar

De Aalsmeerbaan en de Buitenveldertbaan kruisen elkaar. Tijdens het groot onderhoud aan de Aalsmeerbaan zijn er op vrijdag 24 juni van 11:00 tot 19:00 werkzaamheden aan de kruising met de Buitenveldertbaan. Daardoor zijn beide banen deze dag niet beschikbaar. Het vliegverkeer dat zou landen op de Buitenveldertbaan maakt gebruik van de Schiphol-Oostbaan en de Zwanenburgbaan. Startende vliegtuigen zullen worden verplaatst naar de Zwanenburgbaan en de Kaagbaan.

CANCELLED 20 June 2022: Buitenveldertbaan and Aalsmeerbaan unavailable

The maintenance for 20 June has been cancelled.

The Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways cross each other. During major maintenance on the Aalsmeerbaan Runway, work will be carried out on the intersection with Buitenveldertbaan Runway on Monday 20 June between 13.00 and 16.00. As a result, both runways will not be available this afternoon. Air traffic that would land on the Buitenveldertbaan Runway will use the Schiphol-Oostbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways. Departing aircraft will be relocated to the Zwanenburgbaan and Kaagbaan runways.

23 May - 6 June 2022: Kaagbaan limited available

During major maintenance on the Aalsmeerbaan, work will also be carried out on the taxiway located between the Kaagbaan and the Aalsmeerbaan runways. As a result, aircraft cannot use the head of the Kaagbaan Runway from 23 May to 6 June. This has consequences for the availability of the runway: take-offs to the south can only take place on a shorter section of the runway. Aircraft requiring the entire length of the runway will depart from another runway during this period and will be using the Zwanenburgbaan Runway at night.

Due to the work at the head of the Kaagbaan, the landing systems and lighting of this runway are not available. As a result, the Kaagbaan Runway is unavailable for landing late in the evening, at night and at times of poor visibility (such as mist or low-hanging clouds) during the day. When there’s limited visibility during the day, the Buitenveldertbaan runway may be used for landing. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway may also be deployed for landing both during the day and at night.

16 May - 22 May: Kaagbaan unavailable for landing at times of poor visibility

As a result of the works on and around the Aalsmeerbaan Runway in the week of 16 to 22 May, the Kaagbaan Runway is unavailable for landing at times of poor visibility (such as mist or low-hanging cloud). The runway can be used for take-off in all kinds of visibility conditions. And when visibility is good, landing is also possible. When there’s a northerly wind and limited visibility, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway may be deployed for landing both during the day and at night.

19 April - 26 April 2022: Buitenveldertbaan and Aalsmeerbaan unavailable

The Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways cross each other. During major maintenance on the Aalsmeerbaan Runway, work will be carried out on the intersection with Buitenveldertbaan Runway from 19 April to 26 April. Both runways will therefore be unavailable. Air traffic that would land on the Buitenveldertbaan Runway will use the Schiphol-Oostbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways. Departing aircraft will be relocated to the Zwanenburgbaan and Kaagbaan runways. During strong south-westerly winds at night, air traffic might have to land on Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway.

11 November – mid-December 2021: Limited availability of Kaagbaan

After the renewal of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Kaagbaan Runway, the ground measurements and measurement flights, the ILS was released for use up to certain visibility conditions. According to international safety regulations, any new ILS must have been operating reliably and stably for five weeks before the runway can be used for landing when visibility is limited. During this period, the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be deployed for landing when there is a northerly wind and when visibility is limited. When this conditions occur at night, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be used for landing.

22 October – mid-November: Kaagbaan unavailable at times of limited visibility

While the Kaagbaan Runway undergoes maintenance, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be replacing the runway’s Instrument Landing System (ILS). An ILS helps aircraft make a gradual curved approach towards the runway. According to international safety regulations, any new ILS must have been operating reliably and stably for five weeks before the runway can be used for landing when visibility is limited. So only after that can the Kaagbaan Runway be used for landing in all visibility conditions. During this period, the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be deployed for landing when there is a northerly wind and when visibility is limited.

4, 5 and 10 November: test flights Kaagbaan Runway

On Thursday 4 November 09:30-17:00, Friday 5 November 15:00-17:00 and Wednesday 10 November 09:30-17:00, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be conducting test flights to check the Kaagbaan's updated landing system (ILS). During these test flights the runway is not available for air traffic. Because the test aircraft have to fly in the approach area of the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwaneburgbaan (south) runways, landing aircraft are expected to use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway.

26 October: Limited availability Kaagbaan and Aalsmeerbaan due to works on intersection

On Tuesday 26 October between 10:00 and 18:00, the Kaagbaan and Aalsmeerbaan runways will not be available due to maintenance works on taxiway E1. This is the intersection of the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and the Kaagbaan Runway. It is expected that aircraft will use the Zwanenburgbaan Runway when landing from the South. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway, and potentially the Buitenveldertbaan Runway, can be deployed for air traffic taking off in a southerly direction.

This work was due to take place on Wednesday 20 October but has been rescheduled due to bad weather conditions.

13 October – 22 October: maintenance works Kaagbaan Runway

The Kaagbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance for one and a half week from Wednesday afternoon 13 October 15:00 untill Friday night 22 October 19:00 and will therefore not be in use. As a result, we expect that more aircraft will land on the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways this week. We will deploy the Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways for departing air traffic.

While this maintenance is being carried out on the Kaagbaan Runway, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be replacing its Instrument Landing System (ILS). An ILS assists airplanes in making a gradual descent towards the runways. A number of activities can only be carried out on the ILS after the maintenance work has been completed and measurement flights are conducted to verify the correct and accurate operation of the system.

A consequence of this is that the Kaagbaan Runway cannot be used as a runway for landing in all visibility conditions for several weeks after the maintenance has been completed. This means that the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be used more frequently for landings.

11 – 13 October: Limited availability of Kaagbaan due to works on intersection

From 00:00 on Monday 11th October to 12:00 on Wednesday 13th October, the intersection of the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and Kaagbaan Runway (taxiway E1) is undergoing major maintenance. As a result, the intersection will not be available to taxiing aircraft for 53 hours. This has an effect on the availability of the Kaagbaan. The runway will be out of use or limited in use for air traffic for some time. On those days the Zwanenburgbaan can be used for landings from or starts to the south. During this period, the Aalsmeerbaan Runway is undergoing maintenance and won’t be available.

27 September – 13 October: maintenance Aalsmeerbaan Runway

The Aalsmeerbaan Runway will not be in use between Monday morning 27 September 07:00 and Wednesday afternoon 13 October 15:00 due to maintenance. During this period, the aircraft that would usually take off from or land on this runway will use the Kaagbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways instead.

6 September – 17 September: maintenance Buitenveldertbaan Runway

The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance between 6 and 17 September. Since this runway is not available for air traffic, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may be used for landings during this period. This could be in the case of strong (south) westerly winds or when showers affect the approach to the Polderbaan and the Zwanenburgbaan runways.

Throughout this period, we expect that the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways will be deployed more for departing and landing aircraft. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be out of use from Monday 6 September to Tuesday 14 September. From Tuesday 14 September to Friday 17 September the runway will be available in the evening and at night. The Buitenveldertbaan runway is expected to be fully available again at around 18:00 on 17th September.