News: Will the number of flights increase in the summer holiday?

The summer holiday is about to begin and the number of flights to and from Schiphol is increasing. In our weekly report, we wrote that we are expecting more than 1,000 flights per day on average. At the start of May, that number was less than 500. In comparison: there were slightly less than 1,500 flights per day before the coronavirus crisis. You can check the expected number of flights at your location every day in the Notifly app.

Published on: 9 July 2021

When are peak times?

We expect six daily peak moments during the holiday season. At peak times, a secondary runway for take-off or landing may be deployed. Which runway is used depends on a variety of factors, including the wind and weather conditions, runway availability and air traffic volumes. We are expecting the following peak times in the morning, afternoon and evening:

  • 07:20 - 09:00 (landing)
  • 09:20 - 11:00 (take-off)
  • 12:40 - 13:40 (landing)
  • 14:20 - 15:00 (take-off)
  • 18:40 - 20:00 (landing)
  • 20:20 - 21:40 (take-off)

You can see the expected peaks in our weekly report.

Which runways are in use?

Under normal circumstances, we use the Polderbaan runway for take-off and the Kaagbaan runway for landing when there is a northerly wind. When there’s a southerly wind, it’s the other way round and the Kaagbaan is used for take-off and the Polderbaan for landing. At peak times, we can deploy the Aalsmeerbaan runway as a secondary runway for take-off and landing alongside the Kaagbaan. The Zwanenburgbaan runway can be deployed at peak times as a secondary runway for take-off and landing alongside the Polderbaan runway. The Buitenveldertbaan runway is used when there is a strong westerly or easterly wind, or when the Polderbaan or Kaagbaan runways are not fully operational.

See more questions and answers regarding air traffic here