In September and October, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway (6–17 September), Aalsmeerbaan Runway (27 September–13 October) and Kaagbaan Runway (13–22 October) will be successively undergoing maintenance. Work on the Kaagbaan and Aalsmeerbaan will overlap due to major maintenance on the intersection (taxiway E1) between these two runways. In this article you’ll find out what impact this will have on air traffic.
Published on: 11 August 2021
6th September – 17th September: maintenance on Buitenveldertbaan
While maintenance is being done on the Buitenveldertbaan Runway, we expect the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways to be used more frequently for take-off and landing. Under normal weather conditions, air traffic will continue to predominantly make use of the Polderbaan and Kaagbaan runways. Read more about these maintenance works.
27th September – 13th October: maintenance on Aalsmeerbaan
The Aalsmeerbaan Runway is mostly used as a secondary runway for take-off and landing, alongside the Kaagbaan Runway. During this period of maintenance, air traffic will rely mainly on the Kaagbaan. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway will also be deployed more often. The final three days of maintenance coincide with works on the E1 taxiway (the intersection with the Kaagbaan). Air traffic will be able to take off from the Kaagbaan Runway, but landing will not be possible. Landing air traffic will therefore make use of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway on 11th, 12th and 13th October when there is a northerly wind.
13th October – 22nd October: maintenance on Kaagbaan
The Kaagbaan Runway will be undergoing maintenance in October. This will have a impact on air traffic, which is expected to make more use of the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways when landing from a southerly direction. The Aalsmeerbaan, Buitenveldertbaan and Zwanenburgbaan can all be deployed for departing aircraft. There will also be maintenance works on the E1 taxiway (intersection of Aalsmeerbaan and Kaagbaan) on Wednesday 20 Ocotober from 10:00 to 18:00. The Aalsmeerbaan Runway will not be available as a result, and air traffic is expected to use the Zwanenburgbaan when landing from a southerly direction. We expect to deploy the Zwanenburgbaan and possibly the Buitenveldertbaan for take-offs towards the south.
22nd October – mid-November: Kaagbaan not available for landings at times of limited visibility
During the maintenance on the Kaagbaan Runway, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be replacing the runway’s Instrument Landing System (ILS). An ILS helps aircraft make a gradual curved approach towards the runway when landing. However, according to international safety standards, the new landing system must have been working well for five weeks before aircraft can land at times of reduced visibility. Only after that can the Kaagbaan Runway be deployed in all visibility conditions. During this period, the Aalsmeerbaan and Zwanenburgbaan runways can be used for landings when there is a northerly wind and when visibility is limited.