The history of Lelystad Airport
From a grass runway to a controlled airport.
Lelystad Airport 50 years
1973: Lelystad Airport opens for General Aviation.
1981: Pavement of the runway.
1991: Extension of the runway.
1993: Lelystad Airport becomes part of Royal Schiphol Group. The name changes to Lelystad Airport.
2008: The government adopts the advice of the Alderstafel commission, in which Lelystad Airport is named as an overflow airport of Schiphol, together with Eindhoven Airport.
2015: Lelystad Airport gets official permission that it can expand by the adoption of the Airport Decree. By 2018, Lelystad Airport is ready for commercial traffic.
2017: The runway’s extension is completed for code C aircraft (Airbus A320/Boeing 737 etc.). The air traffic control tower is raised to 20 metres.
2019: Installation of its own fire brigade and air traffic control. Lelystad Airport has become a controlled airport.
2018-2023: The opening of Lelystad Airport for commercial traffic has been postponed several times by the cabinet in The Hague.
2023: Lelystad Airport celebrates its 50th anniversary. There are celebratory events with various stakeholders throughout the year. One of the highlights: Lelystad Airport will be featured in Madurodam. On its actual anniversary, 19 November, there is a big celebratory party for employees.