News: A look ahead at air traffic 18-24 January 2021

Next week, we expect an average of 450 flights per day at Schiphol. During the week, there are preparatory activities for the major maintenance of the Polderbaan Runway (start 25 January). As a result, the Polderbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways will each be unavailable for a few days. We therefore expect more use of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway in a northerly direction. At peak moments, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used as a second runway.

Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) here: bezoekbas.nl.

Published on: 15 January 2021

Preparatory works for maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway

Due to preparatory activities for the major maintenance, 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. 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.

20-22 January: Zwanenburgbaan Runway not available

Following the Polderban Runway, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will not be available from Wednesday morning 20 January 07.00 to Friday evening 22 January 18.00. During this period, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used as second runway during peak moments. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway can also be used as a second runway during a landing peak, when the Buitenveldertbaan Runway is unavailable. Which runway will actually be used during this period will depend on wind and weather conditions.

Expected peak times

In the week of 18 – 24 January, we expect the following peak times on a typical day:

Take-off:
- between 09.20 and 11.00 in the morning;
- between 20.20 and 21.20 in the evening.

Landing:
- between 07.20 and 08.40 in the morning;
- between 18.40 and 20.00 in the evening.

A look back at 4-10 January

In the first week of the new year, there were an average of 581 flights per day at Schiphol. Most of them took off from or landed on the Kaagbaan and Polderbaan runways. The Aalsmeerbaan Runway was used as a secondary runway during peak times, and on a few other occasions as the main runway due to the weather or runway inspections on the Kaagbaan. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway was also used as a second runway for take-off because of works being carried out around the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway was deployed as a second runway for landing on Sunday as a result of not being able to use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway in combination with the main runway – the Polderbaan – due to weather conditions (wind and visibility).

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