News: A look ahead at air traffic 14 September – 20 September

We expect an average of 730 flights per day in the week of 14 – 20 September. That’s slightly less than a few weeks ago, when there were around 806 flights per day. We again expect there to be peak times in the morning, afternoon and evening. A second runway may be used at these times, depending on air traffic volumes. Download the full fact sheet at

Published on: 11 September 2020

Air traffic distribution

The flights landing at and departing from Schiphol are spread out over the course of the day. There are various moments in the day when air traffic volumes are higher. At these peak times, a second runway may be necessary. Which runway we use depends on factors such as the weather conditions, wind direction and runway availability. There are several peak periods forecast for next week:


  • between 09:20 and 11.00 in the morning;
  • between 12:00 and 13:00 in the afternoon;
  • between 14:20 and 15:00 in the afternoon;
  • between 20:40 and 21:20 in the evening.


  • between 07:20 and 08:40 in the morning;
  • between 11:00 and 12:00 in the morning;
  • between 13:00 and 13:40 in the afternoon;
  • between 15:00 and 15:40 in the afternoon;
  • between 18:40 and 20:00 in the evening.

A look back at 31 August – 6 September

On average, there were 806 flights per day in the first week of September. The predicted amount was 825. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway was used more frequently due to maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway, which lasted the whole week. The peak times occasionally began earlier or lasted a bit longer than we had expected. This was mainly down to weather conditions and air traffic volumes at the time. Every day there was a peak take-off period straight after the peak landing time in the morning.

Take a look at the full report in the fact sheet (pdf).