News: A look ahead at air traffic 1 – 7 February 2021

We are expecting an average of 400 daily flights at Schiphol next week. This means that air traffic will have decreased compared to last week. Major maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway began on Monday and it will not be available for 13 weeks (25 January – 26 April). As a result, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be used more frequently, also at night. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) at

Published on: 29 January 2021

Changes in runway use

While the maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway is going on, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be deployed more frequently both during the day and at night. However, the Zwanenburgbaan is not fully available for take-offs in a northerly direction due to works on the taxiways and entry ways to the south of this runway. When there is a northerly wind during the day, air traffic will take off from the Zwanenburgbaan if possible (depending on variables such as air traffic volumes, traffic composition and the weather), or from the Buitenveldertbaan Runway. Permission has been requested for take-offs at night from the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. The Kaagbaan Runway may be used for take-offs towards the north east in the event of strong north-easterly winds.

The Buitenveldertbaan Runway may also be used as a second runway for take-off or landing during peak times. The Oostbaan Runway may also be used for landings if the Buitenveldertbaan cannot be deployed (because of the weather, for example).

Expected peak times

In the week of 1 – 7 February, we expect the following daily peaks on a typical day:

- between 09:20 and 11:00 in the morning
- between 20:20 and 21:20 in the evening

- between 07:20 and 08:40 in the morning
- between 18:40 and 20:00 in the evening

A look back at 18 – 24 January

In the third week of 2021, there was an average of 410 flights per day at Schiphol. This was a 13% decrease compared to the second week of January. The majority of those flights took off from or landed on the Kaagbaan or Polderbaan runways. The Polderbaan was not available on two days due to preparations for the major maintenance works; the Zwanenburgbaan Runway was used as a main runway on those days. Strong southerly, south-westerly and westerly winds determined runway use last week.

Take a look at the full report in the fact sheet.