News: A look ahead at air traffic 26 October – 1 November 2020

Now that COVID-19 is becoming more prevalent again, we’re seeing even less demand for travel. Partly for this reason, we expect there to be 580 flights per day at Schiphol – an average that will remain roughly the same in November. This decrease in flights means that we expect just two peak time periods per day: one in the morning and one in the evening. Depending on air traffic volumes and weather conditions, a second runway may be deployed. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) here:

Published on: 23 October 2020

Second runway

The Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan or Zwanenburgbaan runways may be used as a second runway at peak times in the morning and evening. Which runway is used depends on various factors, such as the wind and weather conditions. In the week of 26 October – 1 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 12 – 18 October

In the week of 12 – 18 October, there was an average of 638 flights per day – less than the 650 we had predicted. Most air traffic took off from or landed on the Polderbaan Runway and the Kaagbaan Runway. At peak times, it was mainly the Aalsmeerbaan Runway that was used as a second runway. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway couldn’t be used due to works on the taxiways and entry/exit ways to the south of it. As a result, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway was used as a second runway on a few occasions. Due to wind conditions, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway was used as a second runway during one peak time period.

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