Noise load management at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

T.R. Meerburg, Richardus J. Boucherie, M.J.A.L. van Kraaij

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Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is one of the five primary hub-airports in Europe. All flight movements are controlled by Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL), whose main objective is to guarantee safety, efficiency, and protection of the environment, that includes noise load. To this end, a number of enforcement points is located in the vicinity of Schiphol. Each aircraft movement contributes to the noise load at these points. If the cumulative load in an aviation year at an enforcement point exceeds its maximum, the civil aviation authority may impose severe sanctions, such as fines, or a reduction in the number of aircraft movements. The latter is a typical restriction for Schiphol. Runway selection is carried out via the preference list, an ordered set of runway combinations such that the higher on the list a runway combination, the better this combination is for maintaining the noise load limit. The highest safe runway combination in the list will actually be used. This paper has formulated the preference list selection process in the mathematical framework of Stochastic Dynamic Programming that enables determining an optimal strategy for preference list selection taking into account future and unpredictable weather conditions, as well as safety and efficiency restrictions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Publication series

PublisherUniversity of Twente, Department of Applied Mathematics
ISSN (Print)1874-4850


  • Schiphol airport
  • MSC-90B06
  • MSC-60K30


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