LVNL disaster-proofs operations

Dutch air traffic control LVNL‘s new air traffic control centre has the capacity to take over Schiphol-East operations should disaster strike.

Staff would be able to control air traffic in the upper reaches of Dutch civil airspace for an extended period of time, as well as manage arriving and departing air traffic at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, handling 70 to 100 per cent of the current peaktime capacity from this fallback centre within 48 hours.

“With air traffic control having evolved rapidly in the Netherlands and continued growth expected for the future, the old facilities were no longer adequate for continuing services following a serious calamity such as a major fire or severe flood,” said LVNL.

In 2011, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands handled 430,000 flights to and from Schiphol Airport, the equivalent of roughly 1,200 flights a day.

“In making this provision, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands has assumed its responsibility in preventing extended restrictions in our handling capacity from causing major loss to, among others, KLM and the extensive intercontinental network, as well as to Mainport Schiphol and the companies that depend on those resources,” said Paul Riemens, CEO and chairman of the Executive Board of Air Traffic Control the Netherlands.

Following an extensive study and in close consultation with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, LVNL decided to establish a new centre inside an existing building on its site in Riekerpolder, near Amsterdam, allowing it to use the same systems and technology operated by controllers in Schiphol-East. To manage air traffic from Schiphol Airport’s control towers in the event of a calamity, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands  would use a ‘backup’ control tower.

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