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If you often hear and see aircraft from your house, there’s a good chance you live under a flight path to and from the runways at Schiphol. But do you know which route is associated with which runway(s)? Read on to find out everything you need to know about the runways and routes the aircraft use.
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Aircraft coming in to land on Runway 18L-36R circle directly above Bodegraven-Reeuwijk and Nieuwkoop before descending over Uithoorn and Aalsmeer and landing at Schiphol. Before the landing aircraft turn towards Nieuwkoop, they fly higher on the approach from an easterly direction over Weesp, the municipality of De Ronde Venen and Woerden. From a westerly direction they fly over Katwijk, Leiden and Alphen aan den Rijn.
Taking off from Runway 18L-36R
Aircraft that take off from Runway 18L-36R climb above Aalsmeer and Uithoorn, then:
Aircraft coming in to land on Runway 09-27 approach above Almere and Weesp and descend over Diemen and Buitenveldert (Amstelveen) and the Amsterdamse Bos recreational area, before landing at Schiphol.
Taking off from Runway 09-27
Departing aircraft ascends over Buitenveldert, then:
Aircraft coming in to land on Runway 06-24 approach from the North Sea or circle around to follow the A4 motorway, directly above Katwijk, Noordwijk and Oegstgeest. They descend further at Nieuw-Vennep before landing at Schiphol. Before the landing aircraft turn towards Runway 06-24, they fly higher on the approach from an easterly direction over Diemen and Hoofddorp. From a south-westerly direction, they fly over Leiden.
Taking off from Runway 06-24
Departing aircraft ascend over Nieuw-Vennep, then:
Aircraft coming in to land on Runway 18R-36L approach from the North Sea or circle around over the sea above Castricum and Heiloo. They then turn above Uitgeest, Heemskerk and Beverwijk, descend above the A9 motorway, Spaarndam and Haarlemmerliede and finally land on the runway by Vijfhuizen. Landing air traffic almost always approaches over the North Sea, apart from aircraft coming in from the east, which fly over Hoorn and Heerhugowaard towards the North Sea.
Taking off from Runway 18R-36L
Departing aircraft ascend over Haarlemmerliede and Spaarndam, then:
Aircraft coming in to land on Runway 18C-36C from a northerly direction approach from the east above the Beemster and Wormerland. Above Alkmaardermeer they then turn towards the south, descend over Wormerveer and Assendelft and fly over Halfweg and Zwanenburg before landing at Schiphol.
The air traffic coming from the south to land on Runway 18C-36C almost always comes from the direction of the North Sea over Leiden, towards Boskoop. There the aircraft turn towards the north, begin their descent over Zwammerdam and Aarlanderveen and fly over the Westeinder Plassen and Aalsmeer before landing on Runway 18C-36C.
Taking off from Runway 18C-36C north (left) and south (right)
Departing aircraft ascend in a northerly direction over Zwanenburg and Halfweg, then:
Departing aircraft ascend in a southerly direction over Aalsmeer, then:
In the event of a south-westerly storm, aircraft may land on Runway 04-22. In that case, air traffic approaching from the direction of Monnickendam will fly quite low over Amsterdam city centre and descend over Oud Zuid and the Nieuwe Meer before landing at Schiphol.
Departing aircraft ascend over the southwest of Amsterdam, then: