News: Polderbaan Runway undergoes maintenance

From Monday 6 November to Wednesday 15 November, the Polderbaan is unavailable due to maintenance works. During this period, we expect that air traffic will make more frequent use of the Zwanenburgbaan and Buitenveldertbaan runways for both take-off and landing. The Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway can also be deployed as a secondary runway for landing. This depends on factors including the weather conditions (rainfall, wind direction and wind speed), runway availability and air traffic volumes. Air traffic will make use of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway at night.

Published on: 26 October 2023

Repairs, cleaning and mowing the grass

During this period of maintenance works we're renewing the runway where necessary and carrying out small repairs. Inspections of the Polderbaan Runway (18R) revealed that its approach lighting (the lights pilots use to land) need to be replaced. As a result, the maintenance will take a day longer than planned. We are also cleaning the lights, checking the cabling and electrics, and mowing the grass around the runway. The runway's drain system is also going to be flushed out. We are carrying out these clustered works in collaboration with construction company Heijmans. We expect air traffic to be able to use the Polderbaan again as of 19:00 on 15 November.

Unavailable at times of poor visibility

Good to know: after the maintenance on the Polderbaan, the runway will remain unavailable for landing at times of poor visibility until the end of December. This is because Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be working on the landing system computers in the station next to the runway and then conducting test flights. They need to do this to check that the landing system is functioning well. After that, international safety standards dictate that the landing system needs to be working well for 30 days before landings can take place when visibility is limited. Only after that period can the Polderbaan Runway be used again for landing in all visibility conditions.

During this period, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway may be deployed for landing day and night when there's a southerly wind and limited visibility. When visibility is good, the Polderbaan Runway can be used for landing.

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