Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has shut the Zwanenburgbaan Runway to execute major maintenance works.

Beginning 2 January 2023, the runway will be closed until mid-April this year.

As part of the maintenance works, the runway asphalt will be entirely renewed.

Zwanenburgbaan Runway was built in the 1960s, and the maintenance is said to be part of the regular maintenance that is conducted every 40 to 60 years.

The project will see renewing 12,000m2 of runway markings and replacing 60km of guttering and outlets around the runway.

It will also involve the replacement of runway lighting and electric cables with a more sustainable LED lighting system.

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Schiphol will replace 6,400 lights and 450km cabling under this project.

The project scope also includes overhaul of the runway control station and rainwater drainage system.

The maintenance works are being done in partnership with construction firm Heijmans.

In a statement, Schiphol said: “During and after the major maintenance, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) will be replacing the Zwanenburgbaan Runway’s Instrument Landing System (ILS). An ILS helps aircraft make a gradual curved approach towards the runway.

“After completion of the major maintenance the Zwanenburg Runway can be used as a runway, except at times of poor visibility.”

Nearly 166 people will work on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway every day for this project.

Schiphol further noted that during the maintenance project, airplanes taking off from or landing on the Zwanenburgbaan Runway will use the Buitenveldertbaan Runway more frequently.  Besides, a small number of flights will be moved to the Kaagbaan Runway and the Schiphol-Oostbaan Runway may be utilised for landings.