Runway Incursions

ICAO defines a Runway Incursion as: “Any occurrence at an aerodrome involving the incorrect presence of an aircraft vehicle or person on the protected area of a surface designated for the landing and take off of aircraft”.

No target value has been set for this indicator in European regulations. A runway incursion is any event at an airport in which an aircraft, vehicle or person unintentionally finds itself in the protected zone of a runway used for take-offs or landings. For the severity classification of an incursion, we adhere to the ICAO definitions to enable international comparison. For further explanation on the nature of the different severity categories, see the summary definitions and criteria for different European indicators.

In the year under review, there were a total of twenty runway incursions at Schiphol (in 2021 the number of runway incursions was 24, but there has been a downward trend over the past four years). All incursions were in severity classification D. In the last five years, no runway incursion fell in category A, which is considered a near collision.