News: Kaagbaan undergoes annual maintenance

From Monday 4 September to Tuesday 12 September, the Kaagbaan Runway is unavailable to air traffic due to routine maintenance works. Aircraft that would usually take off from or land on the Kaagbaan will make more frequent use of the other runways during this period. We expect more planes to land on the Zwanenburgbaan and Aalsmeerbaan runways. And we’ll deploy the Zwanenburgbaan, Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways for take-offs. Air traffic will make use of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway at night.

Published on: 3 August 2023

Repairs, cleaning and mowing

During this period of maintenance on the Kaagbaan Runway we’re fixing the runway where necessary and carrying out minor repairs. In addition, we’re cleaning the lights, checking the cabling, mowing the grass around the runway and flushing out the drains. Because the Kaagbaan will not be used by air traffic at this time, we are also able to inspect the taxiways around the runway and adjust the signage. We are carrying out these clustered works in collaboration with construction company Heijmans.

Dual taxiway Quebec

The Schiphol terminal is surrounded by a dual ring of taxiways. Aircraft use these taxiways to go from the gate to the runway when departing, and from the runway to the gate after landing. However, this dual ring of taxiways is not complete – there is a single taxiway (called Quebec) between the Kaagbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways. We have been working on the first phase of making Quebec a dual taxiway over the past few years.

We are now in the second phase of the project. Because of these works, the Kaagbaan Runway will not be available for landing when it’s very foggy (visibility less than 550 metres and a cloud base lower than 200 feet) between 4 September 2023 and 19 February 2024. The Aalsmeerbaan Runway can be used as an alternative runway when there’s a northerly wind and limited visibility during daytime. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway is available for landings at night.

Want to know more?

Would you like to know when the runways are in use? Check the Notifly app or visit If you have any questions about runway maintenance or air traffic, get in touch with the Local Community Contact Centre (BAS) by calling 020 601 5555 or by sending an email to