News: A look ahead at air traffic 15 - 21 February 2021

We expect an average of 400 daily flights at Schiphol next week. The Polderbaan Runway is undergoing major maintenance (from 25 January to 26 April) and is therefore unavailable for 13 weeks. As a result, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be deployed more frequently, also at night.

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Published on: 12 February 2021

Changes to 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. The Zwanenburgbaan is generally the main runway for take-off when there's wind from the north, and for landing when there's wind from the south. 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. As a result, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway may be used for take-offs during the day when there is a northerly wind. This will depend on various circumstances, including air traffic volumes, traffic composition and the weather. 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 15 – 21 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 1 – 7 February

Last week, there was an average of 340 daily flights at Schiphol. This is a 10% decrease compared to the amount of flights the week before. Several flights were cancelled on Sunday due to extreme winter weather conditions. On that day, only the Kaagbaan Runway was deployed for both take-off and landing. On the other days, the majority of air traffic took off from or landed on the Kaagbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways. The Polderbaan Runway is not available due to major maintenance. The Buitenveldertbaan and Aalsmeerbaan runways were deployed on occasion as the main runway for take-off or as a secondary runway.

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