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How Often Is AMS Runway 04-22 Used By Airliners?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:56 am

I was on a KLM 737-800 Sunday night from MUC to AMS (KL1798) that landed on runway 22, the shortest (6,600 ft) of the 6 AMS runways. The wind was very strong from the southwest and it was raining quite heavily at the time. I assume that must have been a factor in the runway selection.

In over 40 years of using AMS airport at least a few times every year, I'm almost certain that's the first time I've used that runway. I believe 04-22 is mainly used by general aviation and business jets.

I probably wouldn't have noticed except for the use of significant reverse thrust during the landing which is rare nowadays on longer runways, and the fact that when we taxied off the runway we were almost at the end.

Just curious how rare airline use is of 04-22? It's the runway furthest to the right in the diagram below, parallel to the ramp areas near the KLM maintenance base.


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RE: How Often Is AMS Runway 04-22 Used By Airliners?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:23 pm

That runway is normally used for GA only.
I would think that there was too much crosswind to land on RWY27 or one of the 36s, and 24 doesn't have ILS.
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RE: How Often Is AMS Runway 04-22 Used By Airliners?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:10 pm

22 is fairly regularly used by airliners. I listen to Schiphol tower every now and then (, and It's not uncommon to hear KLM???? cleared to land runway 22, or something similar. The winds decide I'd say.
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RE: How Often Is AMS Runway 04-22 Used By Airliners?

Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:20 pm

Check this thread AMS Question, What Is Rwy 22 Used For? (by windshear Dec 13 2011 in Tech Ops) (as can seen further down this page)
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