During the Frisian Flag exercise, sections of Dutch airspace will be closed to regular air traffic. Aircraft departing from and arriving at Schiphol and other airports in the Netherlands will have to fly around these closed-off areas. This will be the case on weekdays from approximately 09:00 – 16:30 above the North Sea, from the Dutch Wadden Islands across to Denmark and above the provinces of Friesland and Groningen. From 9 October up to and including 13 October the exercise will also include a section of airspace above the provinces of Drenthe and Noord-Overijssel. The airspace will continue to be open to police helicopters and air ambulances.
Integration of civil and military air traffic control
Preparations are underway to integrate civil and military air traffic control in the future. The air traffic control service provided to military aircrafts will then become LVNL's responsibility. As a result, LVNL will play an even greater role in preparations for military exercises in Dutch airspace in the future, and LVNL and its partners will be helping to keep Dutch airspace sufficiently accessible and create optimal conditions for the military to fulfil its task of defending the country.