Air traffic controllers handle air traffic from the tower at Schiphol

Our responsibilities

Our air traffic services consist of various tasks, including air traffic control, flight information provision and alarms.


Air traffic control is the management of air traffic by giving clearances and instructions to pilots. Air traffic control is divided into three sub-disciplines: general air traffic control (area control), approach control (approach control) and local air traffic control (aerodrome control).


Flight information provision is the provision of information during a flight for safe and efficient flight operations. This includes information about weather phenomena along the flight route, information about changes in the usability of navigation aids and changes in the condition of aerodromes and facilities.

Aerial photo of some gates at Schiphol

Aerial photo of some gates at Schiphol


The purpose of alerting is to warn the authorities involved about aircraft that require assistance in the form of search and rescue and to assist these authorities as required.


LVNL is responsible for the management of civil airspace and everything that entails. We have been doing this since 1923 and since 1993 as an Independent Administrative Body (ZBO).

The statutory duties of LVNL are laid down in the Aviation Act. This includes:

  • Providing air traffic services within the Amsterdam flight information area.
  • Providing communications, navigation and positioning services.
  • Providing aeronautical information services and issuing aviation publications and maps.
  • Providing or having provided training for air traffic management and providing air navigation services.
  • Advising the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management and the Minister of Defense on matters in the field of air traffic management and the provision of air navigation services.
  • Carrying out other tasks assigned by or pursuant to the Aviation Act.


The Airport Traffic Decree, an order in council based on the Aviation Act, lays down rules for route and runway use that LVNL must comply with. The same decision also stipulates the responsibility to comply with the limit values for noise, external safety, and local air pollution. Handling air traffic within these limit values is a joint duty of care of LVNL, the airlines, and the operator of Schiphol Airport.

Track and route use