Runway availability: Runway maintenance and works in 2021/2022

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

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.

4 April to mid-July 2022: major maintenance Aalsmeerbaan Runway

The Aalsmeerbaan Runway will undergo major maintenance and will not be in use between 4 April and mid-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.

18 April - 24 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 18 April to 24 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.

16 May - 29 May 2022: Kaagbaan only available as a shortened runway

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 16 May to 29 May. This has consequences for the availability of the runway: take-offs can only take place on a shorter section of the runway. Aircraft requiring the entire length of the runway will depart from the Buitenveldertbaan Runway during this period. Landing aircraft will have to use the Zwanenburgbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways and possibly the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway.

27 June - 3 July 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 27 June to 3 July. As a result, both runways will not be available this week. 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.

Mid-July to end of 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, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be deployed for landing when visibility is limited.

5 September – 18 September 2022: maintenance Buitenveldertbaan Runway

The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance between 5 and 18 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.

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.

3 October – 9 October 2022: Polderbaan only available during the day

Due to work on the landing system (ILS) of the Polderbaan, the runway is not available at night from 3 to 10 October. We expect air traffic to use the Zwanenburgbaan Runway during the night. During the day, aircraft can take off and land on the Polderbaan Runway.

10 October – 16 October 2022: maintenance Polderbaan Runway

The Polderbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance from 10 to 16 October. Air traffic is expected to use the Zwanenburgbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways for take-offs and landings during this week. 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.

Mid-October – end of November 2022: Polderbaan unavailable at times of limited visibility

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) performed work on the Instrument Landing System (ILS) of the Polderbaan Runway and did some tests and measurements. According to international safety regulations, any renewed 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 Polderbaan Runway be used for landing in all visibility conditions. During this period, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be deployed for landing when visibility is limited and at night.

31 October – 6 November 2022: maintenance works Kaagbaan Runway

The Kaagbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance for one week from 31 October until 6 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 week. We will deploy the Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways for departing air traffic.

14 November – 20 November 2022: maintenance Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway

The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will not be available from 14 November to 20 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.

Previous works

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.

12 July – 25 July: maintenance Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway

At the start of the summer holiday, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will not be available due to maintenance. This will have a limited impact on major air traffic, since this runway is typically only used for the smaller business and private planes. However, for safety reasons, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway might be deployed in the event of a strong south-westerly wind. The smaller aircraft will use other runways while these works are going on.

31 May – 21 June: maintenance Zwanenburgbaan Runway

The Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance from 31 May to 21 June. While this is going on, air traffic will make more frequent use of the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and the Schiphol-Oostbaan 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. This depends on factors including the weather conditions (wind direction and force), runway availability and air traffic volumes.

15 May to mid-June: Polderbaan out of use at times of limited visibility

The runway landing systems were upgraded as part of the major maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway. Test flights were conducted to check and approve the systems for use. However, international safety standards dictate that the landing systems must have been working well for five weeks before aircraft can land at times of limited visibility. Only after that can the Polderbaan Runway be deployed in all visibility conditions. During this period, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will be used more frequently when there is a southerly wind or when visibility is limited. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway is not available for landings during this period due to maintenance on the runway and works on the taxiways (31 May – 21 June).

14 May – 21 June: works on taxiways near Zwanenburgbaan Runway

From 14 May to 21 June, we’ll be continuing works on the Zulu, Alfa and Bravo taxiways to the west of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. We are laying new foundations, asphalt and lighting at Zulu taxiway. These taxiways are also being raised so that they can join up with the new taxiway that will span across the A4 motorway. Air traffic will consequently not be able to use these taxiways. This will affect Zwanenburgbaan Runway use. At peak times, the Buitenveldertbaan or Schiphol-Oostbaan runways might be used more frequently as a second runway for landing when there is a southerly wind. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway might also be used more often as a second runway for take-off when there is a northerly wind.

25 January – 14 May: major maintenance Polderbaan Runway

The Polderbaan Runway will undergo major maintenance and will not be in use between 25 January and 14 May. This will have an impact on aircraft noise in the area. Throughout this period, air traffic coming from the north will land day and night on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway when there’s a southerly wind. While this maintenance is being carried out, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will not always be available as a runway for take-off in a northerly direction. This is because the taxiways and entry routes to the south of this runway are unavailable. During the day, air traffic will therefore, if possible, take-off from the Zwanenburgbaan Runway in the event of a northerly wind - this depends on circumstances such as the amount of traffic, the composition of the traffic and the weather - or from Buitenveldertbaan Runway. For night flights during this period an exemption has been requested for take-off from the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. At night, the Kaagbaan Runway may be used occasionally as a runway for take-off towards the northeast in the event of strong north-easterly wind.

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will replace the Polderbaan 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 Polderbaan Runway and the Zwanenburgbaan Runway – due to works on the runway itself and the taxiways (31 May – 21 June) – cannot be used as runways for landing in all visibility conditions. As a result, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway might be used more often when there’s a southerly wind.

1 February - 26 April: works on taxiways near the Zwanenburgbaan Runway

From 1 February to 26 April, taxiways Quebec, Zulu, Alfa and Bravo to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be unavailable due to works in connection with the construction of a second lane on taxiway Quebec. All four taxiways need to be raised in order for them to join up with the viaduct that is being built over the A4 motorway. This will affect Zwanenburgbaan Runway use during the day. Also because these works coincide with major maintenance work on the Polderbaan, daytime air traffic will take off from the Buitenveldertbaan in the event of northerly wind. This will affect aircraft noise in the area.

20 January – 22 January: Zwanenburgbaan Runway unavailable due to works

The Zwanenburgbaan Runway will not be available from Wednesday morning 20 January 07.00 to Friday evening 22 January 18.00. During this period, work will be carried out on the lighting and exits to the southwest of the runway. This is to be prepared for major maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway (starting 25 January). The Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used as second runway during peak moments in this period. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway can also be used as a second runway during a landing peak. Which runway will actually be used during this period will depend on wind and weather conditions.

18 January – 20 January: Polderbaan Runway unavailable due to preparations

Due to preparatory activities for major maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway (starting 25 January), the Polderbaan Runway will be out of use from Monday morning 18 January 7:00 until Wednesday morning 20 January 7:00. We expect this to have an effect on aircraft noise in the area. During this work, air traffic will take off from and land on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway in a northerly direction. the Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used as second runway during peak moments. Due to weather conditions, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may also be used as a second runway during a landing peak. At night, when there is a north wind, the Kaagbaan Runway may occasionally be used as a take-off runway in a north-easterly direction.

22 November – 26 January: works in connection with Quebec project

Because of the works being carried out to make Quebec a dual taxiway - which includes a new viaduct over the A4 motorway - taxiways Quebec, Zulu and Alfa to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be unavailable between 22 November and 26 January. These taxiways are used by aircraft to taxi to and from the Polderbaan Runway along the south side of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. While these works are going on, traffic can only taxi along the north side of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway via taxiway Yankee when both the Zwanenburgbaan and Polderbaan runways are being used.

These works can have an effect on aircraft noise in the area. When there’s a southerly wind, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway or Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway can be used more frequently as a second runway for landing at peak times. When there’s a northerly wind, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be deployed more often as a second runway for take-off. The works will not affect runway use at night.