From 25 March until 15 April, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be closing Runway 18R 36L to air traffic while maintenance work is carried out. Among other things, we are renewing the asphalt and the lights. During these three weeks, aircraft will take off and land more frequently on the airport’s other four runways.
How will this affect you?
This will vary by municipality. In the areas around Amstelveen, Zwanenburg, Aalsmeer, Bodegraven and Ronde Venen, people will experience increased noise pollution. This also applies to the region to the east of Utrecht.
Why is runway maintenance being carried out?
In order to ensure safe air traffic, it is important that the runways are in a good condition and function properly. This is comparable to motorways, which also need to be renewed after a certain number of years. Runway 18R-36L is the most heavily used runway at Schiphol. It is used every day for take-off and landing, including by heavy aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 747. This wears down the asphalt. We are also renewing the lights and carrying out work on the drainage system. These are all tasks that we cannot complete while air traffic continues.