News: A look ahead at air traffic 23 – 29 November 2020

We predict an average of 440 daily flights at Schiphol next week. Starting from the evening of Sunday 22 November, work is going to be carried out on the taxiway system to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. This runway will consequently be unavailable until Thursday morning, and only partially available for air traffic after that. For this reason, we expect the Buitenveldertbaan Runway to be used more often at peak times. In the event of a southeasterly wind or strong southerly wind, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may be used as a second runway. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch)

Published on: 20 November 2020

Runway use at peak times

The Zwanenburgbaan Runway will have limited availability as of next week. This will mainly be noticeable at peak times when the Zwanenburgbaan Runway would normally have been used as a second runway (the primary runway being the Polderbaan). We expect the Buitenveldertbaan or Schiphol-Oostbaan runways to be used more often as a second runway for landing when there’s a southerly wind during peak landing times. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be used more frequently as a second runway for take-off when there’s a northerly wind during peak take-off times. In the week of 23-29 November, we are expecting the following daily peaks:

- 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 9 November – 15 November

There was an average of 515 flights per day at Schiphol last week - fewer than the 535 we had predicted. Most air traffic took off from or landed on the Polderbaan and Kaagbaan runways. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway was primarily deployed as a second runway for landing, and was also used as a runway at night on two occasions. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway was briefly used as a second runway for landing on just one day. A necessary runway inspection meant that the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway was used instead of the Buitenveldertbaan Runway for a short while.

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