News: A look ahead at air traffic 19 – 25 October 2020

Next week, the average number of flights per day will decrease again to 630. By comparison, there was a daily average of 1445 flights in the same week last year. We expect there to be peak times in the morning and evening, when a second runway may be used for take-off and landing. Which runway is used depends on air traffic volumes and weather conditions. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) here:

Published on: 16 October 2020

Peak take-off and landing times

In the week of 19 – 25 October, we are again expecting that the peak landing times in the morning and evening will be followed by peak take-off moments. The beginning and end of these peak times may vary slightly due to weather conditions and actual air traffic volumes.


  • 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 5 – 11 October

During this week, Schiphol saw an average of 660 flights per day. The majority took off from or landed on the Polderbaan Runway and the Kaagbaan Runway. The Aalsmeerbaan Runway was mainly used as a second runway. Due to works on the taxiways and the entry/exit ways to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway, this runway was deployed to a limited extent. This led to the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway being used more frequently as a second runway. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway was also used as a primary runway at times due to weather conditions. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway was used as a second runway at peak times on five occasions. This is because there was too much of a side wind to be able to land on the Buitenveldertbaan Runway.

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