Runway availability: Runway maintenance and works in 2020

To keep the six runways and the taxiways at Schiphol safe and in good condition, we regularly perform maintenance and other works on and around them. The runways are often unavailable for air traffic while the works are being carried out. Deploying other runways means that there will be consequences for runway use and air traffic. And this can mean that you, as our neighbour, see and hear more or fewer aircraft overhead. On this page you can see what works are being done and which runways have limited or no availability.

Soon you'll find the runway maintenance schedule for 2021 here.

Current and upcoming works

28 September - 16 October taxiway Quebec and Zulu unavailable due to works

From Monday 28 September 07.00 to Friday 16 October, taxiways Quebec and Zulu will not be used due to works. We may possibly use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway more than usual in these three weeks.

2 November – 10 November Aalsmeerbaan Runway unavailable due to maintenance

Due to annual maintenance, the Aalsmeerbaan Runway will not be used this week. Runway maintenance starts at 07:00 on Monday the 28th of September and goes on until 18:00 on Tuesday the 6th of October. As a result, we expect to use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway more often. The Zwanenburgbaan Runway (southerly direction) may also be used more frequently.

This maintenance on the Aalsmeerbaan Runwas was initially scheduled to take place from 28 September to 6 October, but has been rescheduled to November. The maintenance would otherwise be happening at the same time as the works on taxiways Quebec and Zulu. Because this would have too much of an impact on runway use and therefore on the local area, the maintenance has been postponed.

23 November – 25 November Zwanenburgbaan Runway unavailable due to works

Between 08:30 on Monday the 23rd of November and 16:30 on Wednesday the 25th of November, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be unavailable for air traffic due to works. We expect this to have an effect on aircraft noise in the area. When there is a southerly or south-westerly wind, aircraft may land on the Buitenveldertbaan Runway. When there is a northerly wind, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway may be used for take-off. Which runway is actually used during this period depends on the wind and weather conditions.

23 November 2020 – mid May 2021: various works around the Quebec and Zulu taxiways

Starting from Monday 23rd November, works will be carried out on the southerly part of the taxiway system at Schiphol. These works to turn Quebec into a dual taxiway will last six months. This project means that the Quebec and Zulu taxiways, and the entry/exit ways to the south of the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will be unavailable or only partly available in phases. As a result, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway is expected to be used less often. This may cause the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway to be deployed more frequently.

From 25 January to 26 April, we will combine this work with major maintenance works on the Polderbaan Runway, in order to limit the period of inconvenience.

Previous works

21 September – 26 September Kaagbaan Runway unavailable due to maintenance

The Kaagbaan Runway will be unavailable for almost one week at the end of September due to annual maintenance. We will be doing maintenance work between 07:00 on Monday the 21st of September and 18:00 on Saturday the 26th of September. While the maintenance is carried out, we expect more aircraft to land on the Aalsmeerbaan Runway and the Zwanenburgbaan Runway. For take-off, we will be using the Aalsmeerbaan Runway, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway and the Zwanenburgbaan Runway.

31 Augustus - 8 September Polderbaan Runway unavailable due to maintenance

The Polderbaan Runway will be out of service for annual maintenance works for one week, from Monday morning 31 August 07.00 to Tuesday 8 September 02.00. We expect more air traffic on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway during the works. Landings will be made on Zwanenburgbaan during the night. We will request an exemption for night flights during this period. By doing so, we make sure we don't have to use the Kaagbaan Runway in a northeastern direction during the night, which would otherwise cause a lot of nuisance in Amsterdam and Amstelveen.

17 – 28 August Zwanenburgbaan Runway unavailable due to works

Between the morning of Monday 17th of August (07.00 h) and the afternoon of Friday 28th of August (16.00 h), the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will not be available for air traffic due to works. We expect that this may have an effect on aircraft noise in the area. During this period, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used more frequently as a second runway at peak landing times when there is a southerly or south-westerly wind. The Buitenveldertbaan Runway can be used as a second runway at peak take-off times when there is a northerly wind. Which runway is actually used during this period depends on the wind and weather conditions at the time.

27 – 31 July Zwanenburgbaan Runway has limited availability due to maintenance

From Monday 27th of July to Friday 31st of July, the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will not be used between 14:00 and 23:00 due to maintenance works. We expect this to have little impact on aircraft noise for the residential area as the Zwanenburgbaan Runway has hardly been used these past weeks. Read more about the maintenance works.

28 July Buitenveldertbaan Runway has limited availability due to works

On Tuesday the 28th of July, the Buitenveldertbaan Runway will not be used between 07:00 and 14:00. Works are going to be carried out on the runway lighting. We do not expect this to have an effect on aircraft noise in the area.

29 July Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway has limited availability due to works

On Wednesday the 29th of July, the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway will not be available between 07:00 and 15:00 due to the fitting of a wind sock. We do not expect this to have an effect on aircraft noise in the area.