Schiphol Airport (AMS) in the Netherlands has opened its Polderbaan Runway for air traffic after completing major maintenance works.

The maintenance project, which started in January, was carried out for nearly 13 weeks.

As part of the project, the airport has replaced the Instrument Landing System (ILS) of Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) and added Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) on the runway.

The airport carried out numerous checks and test flights for confirming the accuracy of these newly deployed navigation systems.

Once the functioning of the ILS is approved, the Polderbaan Runway can be used again for landings in all visibility conditions.

During the overhaul, the airport refurbished an area of around 600,000m².

For the maintenance of the runway and nearby taxiways, around 150,000t of asphalt were provided and processed.

About 60% of the asphalt was removed and recycled for laying down a new layer of asphalt on the Polderbaan Runway.

The airport has used Flightflex, a new asphalt mixture, for the runway renovation.

Furthermore, the airport deployed around 70km of new cabling, along with the replacement of 2,100 runway lights.

In partnership with construction firm Heijmans, AMS executed the maintenance project on the runway.

The renovation work has been done under the category of ‘period of major maintenance’, where only annual regular maintenance will be required for the next seven years.

Recently, AMS installed computed tomography (CT) scans in all departure and transfer filters to enhance security at the airport.

With this deployment, it is said to have become the first major airport to switch to CT scans.