News: Limited availability Zwanenburgbaan Runway as of 22 November

As of 22 November, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will have limited availability due to works on the taxiway system to the south of it. From 22:00 on Sunday 22 November to 06:00 on Thursday 26 November, the runway will be unavailable for air traffic. After this period, the runway will be available less often than usual. We expect that the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will be used as a second runway for landing at peak times when there is a southerly wind. When there’s a northerly wind, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway will be used more frequently as a second runway for take-off.

Published on: 13 November 2020

Turning Quebec into a dual taxiway

The works to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be carried out as part of the project to turn Quebec into a dual taxiway, which includes building a viaduct over the A4 motorway. The Quebec project will eventually result in a fully dual taxiway system that encircles the centre of Schiphol Airport. This will improve the flow of taxiing aircraft and towing traffic, enhance safety and reduce fuel consumption and therefore emissions from taxiing air traffic.

Smooth flow of traffic

Because of these works, taxiways Quebec, Zulu, Alfa and Bravo will be either partly or totally unavailable. Aircraft use these taxiways to taxi to and from the Polderbaan Runway along the south side of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. When the Zwanenburgbaan and Polderbaan runways are in use at the same time, taxiing aircraft can only go along the north side of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway via taxiway Yankee. As a result, we expect to deploy the Buitenveldertbaan Runway at peak times, since the works on the taxiways do not affect it. This means that we can ensure a smooth flow of air traffic. Which runway is actually used depends on factors such as the wind and weather conditions.


As of 22 November 2020 and in the first half of 2021, works will carried out on the taxiway system (in connection with the Quebec project) on a regular basis. The works may affect runway use and therefore air traffic during the following periods:

  • 22 November – 26 January
  • 1 February – 12 April: at the same time as major maintenance on the Polderbaan Runway
  • 26 April – 17 May

Take a look at the complete schedule of runway maintenance and works here.