Schiphol will be carrying out major maintenance on the Zwanenburg runway from Monday 2 January to mid-April. During this work, the runway will not be available for air traffic. This has consequences for the runway deployment and thus the aircraft noise in the area.
The Zwanenburgbaan was built in the years ’40. During this major maintenance, work is carried out that is necessary once every 40 to 40 year. During the maintenance period, the asphalt of the runway will be completely renewed. That is an area of 86 football fields. During this renewal, 40% of the track’s asphalt is reused.
Schiphol also innovates .000 square meters of markings on the track and 6 kilometers of gutters and exits on and around the track will be replaced. All runway lighting and associated electrical cables will be replaced by a more durable and reliable LED lighting installation. This is about almost 6.166 lamps and 450 kilometers of cables. In addition, the track station and the rainwater drainage system will be completely renovated.
The work will be carried out in collaboration with Heijmans. Every day about 166 people work on the Zwanenburgbaan.
Adapted runway use
The aircraft that normally take off or land from or on the Zwanenburg runway make in this period more use of the Buitenveldertbaan runway. The Schiphol-Oostbaan can also be used as a runway and a small part of the flights will be moved to the Kaagbaan.
The Zwanenburgbaan is normally occasionally used at night in a southerly direction, when the Kaagbaan is not available due to short night runway maintenance or wind and weather conditions. If necessary, air traffic will use the Aalsmeerbaan Runway as an alternative during the maintenance period at night.
The starting point is that the Aalsmeerbaan Runway is used as little as possible at night, only if this really cannot be done otherwise. To this end, if necessary, Schiphol will postpone the nightly short maintenance on the Kaagbaan Runway to another time within the same week.
Landing system activities
During and after major maintenance, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) replaces the Instrument Landing System (ILS) of the Zwanenburgbaan. An ILS ensures that aircraft are supported to descend at a gradual angle to the runway. After major maintenance has been completed – in mid-April – the Zwanenburgbaan Runway can be used again as a take-off and landing runway, except when visibility is poor. Then it will not be possible to land from the south in the period up to six weeks after the end of the maintenance (probably until the end of June).
A number of activities on the ILS, such as measurements to check the proper functioning of the system, can only be carried out after major maintenance has been completed. During these measurements on the runway and from the air with a measuring aircraft, the runway is not available for air traffic. The measurements take several hours at a time and are planned during the day and at night on a number of days in May. The exact days and times will be announced in advance.
Residents with questions
For more information or questions about air traffic and runway use during the work, please contact local residents contact BAS. On their website, BAS explains current runway use and operational details and is the information and reporting center for air traffic to, from and at Schiphol. This is possible 7 days a week (00.00-12.00 hours) via telephone number 020-450 or by consulting the website.