News: Polderbaan unavailable for 12 hours on 23 November

On Tuesday 23 November, the Polderbaan Runway will be unavailable to air traffic from 11 o’clock in the morning until 11 o’clock at night. This is because of an extensive test being conducted on the runway lighting. We are doing this test in order to fine tune the controls and runway lighting. Air traffic will make more frequent use of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway on this day.

Nachtvlucht Polderbaan

Published on: 9 November 2021

Fine tuning the lights

After major maintenance was carried out on the Polderbaan Runway, it became evident that the runway lighting required further adjustments in order to prevent potential malfunctions in the future. It is necessary to extensively measure and fine tune the Polderbaan’s lights now, before the days get even shorter and colder. This can only take place when the runway isn’t in use.

Timing of the tests

Testing will be carried out for 12 hours straight and we will test the various parts and intensity of the lights. The tests will start during daytime and continue into the evening. They cannot be carried out at night because an uninterrupted period of 12 hours at night-time would be too long for the whole team to remain alert. And if we split the tests up into shorter periods, the Polderbaan would be unavailable for longer.

Works on service viaduct

While the tests on the Polderbaan’s runway lighting are being conducted, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will be replacing the sections of the viaduct that join up with service road over the A5 motorway. Because planes won’t be taxiing to and from the Polderbaan Runway while the works are going on, service traffic (like the fire brigade and bird control vehicles) can make use of the taxiways.