On August 19, 20 and 21, the Tour of Spain, the so-called Vuelta d’Espagna, will come to the Netherlands. During the three stages of the Vuelta that will be held in the Netherlands, Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) supervises air traffic in the airspace above the course. Some parts of the airspace will be closed to regular air traffic.
The extra flight movements that will have occurred, mainly due to the presence of television helicopters, during the event, which were well managed by the LVNL. Regular air traffic to and from airports in the Netherlands is supervised with as little disruption as possible.
Flight operations and guidance
Stephanie Hoogeveen, ISEA (Impact Special Events on Airspace) at LVNL, briefly: “Based on careful preparation and in close collaboration with the organization of the Vuelta, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the airports and flight companies involved , LVNL has taken measures that enable the safe and progress of additional and air traffic. For the television broadcasts, two planes will fly escorted by air traffic controllers at high altitudes – approximately five kilometers and ten kilometers. With camera crews operating from helicopters in the lower airspace and from motorbikes on the road, an image report of the match is made possible together with the flights in the higher air.”
During the Vuelta, the airspace above the course is not accessible to civil aircraft, such as drones, hot air balloons and parachute jumpers. Only flying and aircraft helicopters are allowed in specific areas of the airspace above the track on August 19, 20 and 21. If necessary, flights on behalf of the aviation police and medical services can also take place here. Partly closing the airspace for a major event is not unique. It happened recently before the Grand Prix of Zandvoort.
Information for pilots
Pilots can find detailed information in the overviews NOTAMmessages (Notice to Airmen) for pilots. This concerns the exact locations of the various areas, also above which height restrictions apply and information about the area of flies.