News: A look ahead at air traffic 8 – 14 February 2021

We expect an average of 400 daily flights at Schiphol next week. This is a slight increase compared with last week. The Polderbaan Runway is undergoing major maintenance (from 25 January to 26 April) and is therefore unavailable for 13 weeks. As a result, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be deployed more frequently, also at night. Download the full fact sheet (in Dutch) at

Published on: 5 February 2021

While the maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway is going on, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be deployed more frequently both during the day and at night. The Zwanenburgbaan is generally the main runway for take-off when there's wind from the north, and for landing when there's wind from the south. However, the Zwanenburgbaan is not fully available for take-offs in a northerly direction due to works on the taxiways and entry ways to the south of this runway. As a result, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway may be used for take-offs during the day when there is a northerly wind. This will depend on various circumstances, including air traffic volumes, traffic composition and the weather. Permission has been requested for take-offs at night from the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. The Kaagbaan Runway may be used for take-offs towards the north east in the event of strong north-easterly winds.

The Buitenveldertbaan Runway may also be used as a second runway for take-off or landing during peak times. The Oostbaan Runway may also be used for landings if the Buitenveldertbaan cannot be deployed (because of the weather, for example).

Expected peak times

In the week of 8 – 14 February, we expect the following daily peaks on a typical day:

- 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 25 – 31 January

On average, there were 379 daily flights at Schiphol in the fourth week of 2021. That's an 8.5% decrease compared to the number of flights in the third week of January. The majority of those flights took off from or landed on the Kaagbaan or Zwanenburgbaan runways. The Polderbaan Runway was not deployed – it is undergoing major maintenance that will go on for eleven weeks, until 26 April.

The Buitenveldertbaan was used as the main runway for landing due to wind conditions. It was also used as the secondary runway, together with the Zwanenburgbaan Runway, for take-off at peak times.

Take a look at the full report in the fact sheet.