Rotterdam Approach

Position Information

ATC CallsignRotterdam Approach
FRA RequirementAS3
Airspace classE
Minimum Radar Vectoring Altitudeslink

Area of Responsibility:

Rotterdam Approach is responsible for arriving and departing traffic which pass through the Rotterdam TMA's. When Rotterdam tower is offline, Approach will take over those responsibilities as well.

General Procedures


The main responsibility for Approach is to separate inbound and outbound IFR from each other and depending on the airspace classification separate IFR from VFR or inform IFR and VFR about each other. For approach separation should be at least 3nm or 1000ft.

Delaying traffic

Inbound IFR traffic can be delayed in three ways:

  1. Holdings, ideally use published holdings, for non published holdings the inbound leg and turn direction have to be issued, one holding should take 4 minutes

  2. Vectors, for steering behind a preceding aircraft or to delay by having the aircraft fly more miles

  3. Speed control, most useful to create little amounts of additional separation or to maintain separation, this should not be used to generate a lot of separation

Arriving traffic

Arrivals shall either by flying a full procedural approach or by vectors be guided to a point from where to intercept the instrument approach or a point from where to fly a visual approach. When vectoring for an instrument approach traffic should be on a 30* intercept angle when cleared for the approach, a maximal angle of 45* is allowed if required but shall not be made standard.

Before being cleared for the approach the traffic shall be:

  • ILS: below the glideslope

  • NDB/VOR: at or descending to the published descend profile altitude in such way this altitude is reached in time.

  • ILS/NDB/VOR: On an intercept angle of ideally 30 and maximum 45 degrees.

Once traffic reports either established on the ILS, localizer, inbound course or inbound radial traffic shall be transferred to tower.

Departing traffic

Departing traffic shall at soon as practicable be cleared to climb, without coordination approach shall not clear aircraft above the highest level of is TMA. Approach may clear traffic to leave his SID for safety however the traffic should be put back on the SID before the transfer to ACC, if coordinated with ATC traffic may deviate from the SID direct to a waypoint.

Local Procedures


Rotterdam has three TMA's:

  • TMA1 - 1500ft-FL055 Class E

  • TMA2 - 2500ft-FL055 Class E

  • TMA3 - 3500ft-FL055 Class E

Airspace delegation

Rotterdam Approach may use a part of the Schiphol TMA1 as indicated in this document


Traffic on the following SID's shall be transferred to at or climbing to FL050. If the requested cruise level is lower, then on or climbing to cruise level. free of conflict in order of writing:

Rapcon (EHVK_R_APP), Dutchmil (EHMC_S_CTR), Dutchmil (EHMC_CTR) or Amsterdam Radar (EHAA_SW_CTR or EHAA_CTR) or UNICOM


Amsterdam Radar (EHAA_3_CTR, EHAA_SW_CTR or EHAA_CTR) or UNICOM

RNAV Approach

For traffic inbound ILS 24 a special RNAV approach is available, the ROT1R Approach. This approach may only be used by aircraft equipped with and FMS and RNAV1 capabilities (PBN/ in the remarks of the flightplan MUST contain at least D1).

The approach starts at ROT and when cleared for the approach aircraft is cleared to decent as published and cleared for the ILS approach. Please take notice that the ROT1R approach passes over the VFR point M where the aircraft MAY be at 1500ft or above, this will NOT guarantee 1000ft separation with the M departure and/or arrival.

The ROT1R approach does not replace the other approaches, they are stil normal procedure, the ROT1R can be used when traffic permits on ATC discretion.

R/T Examples

Pilot ATC

Departure from Rotterdam:

Rotterdam Approach, TRA779, passing 1800ft, LUNIX 1B Departure

TRA779, identified passing 2000ft, climb FL 050

Climb FL 050, TRA779

TRA779, Contact Amsterdam Radar on 125.750

125.750, TRA779

Arrival for Rotterdam:

Rotterdam Approach, PHABC, information Y, 10NM to MASOS, descending FL 050

PHABC, information Z, after MASOS direct STD vectors for ILS Runway 24

After MASOS direct STD , vectors ILS Runway 24, PHABC

PBC, descend to 2000ft direct RR, QNH 1015

descend to 2000ft, QNH 1015, direct RR, PBC

PBC, turn left heading 270, cleared ILS approach runway 24

Turn left heading 270, cleared ILS approach runway 24, PBC

PBC, established ILS runway 24

PBC,  contact Rotterdam tower on 118.205

118.205, PBC