Is my house underneath a flight path?

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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Runway 18L-36R (south)

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.

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Taking off from Runway 18L-36R

Aircraft that take off from Runway 18L-36R climb above Aalsmeer and Uithoorn, then:

  • easterly flights turn towards De Ronde Venen, Wijdemeren and Weesp;
  • southerly flights fly above Nieuwkoop, Bodegraven-Reeuwijk and Woerden;
  • westerly flights head towards the sea, crossing above Kaag and Braassem, Lisse, Teylingen and Katwijk.

Runway 09-27 (east)

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.

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Taking off from Runway 09-27

Departing aircraft ascends over Buitenveldert, then:

  • northerly flights turn above Diemen and the IJmeer lake;
  • easterly flights depart over Amsterdam Southeast, Weesp and Gooise Meren;
  • southerly flights turn above Uithoorn, De Ronde Venen and Nieuwkoop;
  • north-westerly flights turn above Amsterdam West, Spaarnwoude and IJmuiden.

Runway 06-24 (west)

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.

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Taking off from Runway 06-24

Departing aircraft ascend over Nieuw-Vennep, then:

  • westerly flights climb above Oegstgeest, Katwijk and Noordwijk;
  • northerly flights turn above Hoofddorp and Spaarnwoude;
  • southerly flights fly above Kaag, Braassem and Nieuwkoop;

Runway 18R-36L (north)

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.

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Taking off from Runway 18R-36L

Departing aircraft ascend over Haarlemmerliede and Spaarndam, then:

  • north-westerly flights climb above Velsen, Beverwijk and IJmuiden;
  • north-easterly flights turn above Uitgeest and the Beemster towards Hoorn;
  • easterly flights turn above Wormerland;

Runway 18C-36C (north-south)

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.

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Taking off from Runway 18C-36C north (left) and south (right)

Departing aircraft ascend in a northerly direction over Zwanenburg and Halfweg, then:

  • westerly flights head for the North Sea via the airspace above Velsen and IJmuiden;
  • north-westerly flights climb above Uitgeest and Heiloo on their way to the North Sea;
  • north-easterly flights fly over Zaandam and turn above the Beemster towards Hoorn;
  • easterly flights fly over Zaandam and the IJmeer lake;
  • southerly flights turn above Amsterdam West, Amstelveen and Uithoorn.

Departing aircraft ascend in a southerly direction over Aalsmeer, then:

  • south-westerly flights head for the North Sea via the airspace above Nieuw-Vennep, Lisse and Katwijk;
  • northerly flights turn above Hoofddorp and the Beemster towards Hoorn;
  • southerly flights climb above the Westeinder Plassen towards Nieuwkoop and Bodegraven;
  • south-easterly flights fly above the Westeinder Plassen towards Nieuwkoop and Woerden;
  • easterly flights turn above Mijdrecht and the Loosdrechtse Plassen.

Runway 04-22 (northeast)

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.

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Departing aircraft ascend over the southwest of Amsterdam, then:

  • westerly flights turn towards Amsterdam-West in the direction of IJmuiden;
  • northerly flights climb above Zaandam;
  • northeasterly flights fly towards Diemen and the IJmeer lake;
  • easterly flights deaprt over Amsterdam-Zuidoost and Bussum;
  • southerly flights turn above Amstelveen, Uithoorn and Mijdrecht.