News: A look ahead at air traffic 21 - 27 December 2020

It’s Christmas next week and we’re expecting an average of 550 flights per day. Most of these will take off from or land on the Kaagbaan Runway or the Polderbaan Runway. It may be necessary to deploy a second runway during the expected peak times in the morning and evening. Which runway we use depends on factors such as the weather conditions and air traffic volumes. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) here:

Published on: 18 December 2020

Number of flights

We expect the average number of daily flights to stay more or less at the same level around Christmas. Last year, the final week of the year saw 1,234 flights per day. This year that will be around 575 flights per day. That is roughly 46% of the air traffic from the same week of 2019. In the week of 21 – 27 December, we are expecting the following daily peak times:

- 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.

A look back at 7 - 13 December

There was, as expected, an average of 470 flights per day at Schiphol in the week of 7 – 13 December. The majority of aircraft landed on or took off from the Polderbaan and Kaagbaan runways. The Aalsmeerbaan Runway was primarily used as a second runway for take-off. This runway was used as the main runway on Friday 11 December due to wind conditions and works on the Kaagbaan Runway. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway was briefly used as the main runway for landings on a few days, and as the main runway and secondary runway for take-offs on five days. This was due to the weather conditions and works on the taxiway system to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway.

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