Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dutch airspace was one of the busiest in Europe. Now that there are far fewer flights, this is noticeable in the vicinity of Schiphol. Also for the air traffic controllers of LVNL. They use the relative calm and space in the air to guide aircraft as efficiently as possible. How do they do that?
Published on: 16 December 2020
Approaching air traffic
Air traffic landing at Schiphol during the day is directed by air traffic controllers along more direct routes. As a result, the aircraft cover less distance, reducing average emissions. There is also more space for aircraft to fly higher during approach and descend later, which reduces the noise that can be heard on the ground.