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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol closes one runway for maintenance

12 Feb 2024

From 19 February to 25 April 2024, the Kaagbaan Runway at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol will be closed for major maintenance and replacement work.  More aircraft will therefore be making use of the routes to and from other runways: Zwanenburgbaan, Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan, meaning that there will be more aircraft noise than usual in those areas.  

Major maintenance is necessary in order to carry out large-scale works that cannot be performed as part of smaller annual maintenance. The maintenance on the Kaagbaan Runway will include the most intensively used parts of the runway. In total, 86,800 sqm of new asphalt paving will be laid on the runway and taxiways, including the Touch Down Zone, other heavily used sections of the runway (such as access points from the taxiways) and the service roads. Asphalt removed in the process will be reused to the extent possible. The concrete at the top of Runway 06-24 will also be replaced, as will over 2000 LED light fittings of the airfield lighting system. In addition, there will be work on the runway substation (electrical), 1500 metres of rainwater drainage pipes, improved drainage for the surrounding grass areas and projects in the periphery of the Kaagbaan Runway, such as the installation of 160 kilometres of electrical cables for the further electrification of the airport. The work will be carried out in partnership with Heijmans. Every day, there will be approximately 100 people working on the runway.

Use of other runways  
The Kaagbaan Runway is mainly used in a south-westerly direction by taking-off aircraft or in a north-eastern direction by landing aircraft. During the maintenance work, air traffic will be making more use of the Zwanenburgbaan, Aalsmeerbaan and Buitenveldertbaan, depending on the weather conditions. As a result, more aircraft will be following the flight paths to and from those runways. People who live in the Schiphol area may notice this in the weeks ahead. This page contains more information about the impact of the maintenance and this page explains which areas are crossed by the different flight routes. 

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