Airports are infrastructures that are subject to constant change. Again and again, it is necessary to carry out small repairs and maintenance work in order to ensure all airport operations run safely and without disruption. In the spring of 2019 the flight operations will be interrupted for the general renovation of the runway from April 24th until May 28th.
Shortly, we will start with the refurbishment of our 60 year old runway. Starting April 24th at 00:01, the runway will be closed for air traffic and preparations for the construction site will be made. In the morning, the first cuts will be made in the 30 cm thick concrete pavement, allowing controlled cracking of the surface. At the same time the runway lights and old technical equipment will be dismantled. The construction works will last until May 28th 2019.
While applying the fourth layer, the asphalting works will start and the first drilling works will take place to allow installing the more modern LED runway lights. From May 16th until May 19th the top layer will be treated with high pressure water jets to get rid of the sticky layer of bitumen.
From May 20th – May 22nd the new asphalt runway the required markings are applied. In addition the edges of the runway will be planted. From May 22nd until May 28th are reserved to give the runway its finishing touches, since the general contractor must have accomplished his work by May 22nd. What follows then are on-site-inspections, tests and instructions. The final official negotiations will take place May 27th or 28th and finally the construction site will be closed. The security areas will be restored, the new asphalt runway will be put into operation and will be prepared for the first landing on May 29th 2019.
Please note: The self service RESTAURANT on the 1st floor will be open from 07:30 am to 04:00 pm, except from May 2nd to May 5th.
Today´s runway 15/33 was concreted in May 1960. Since then, almost 60 have passed. Over the past years, the runway had to be partly renovated over and over again, causing enormous costs. In 2015 we started with preparation works for the general refurbishment of the runway.
Since the construction site on the “landside” does not need any temporary appliances, there will not be many security measures required. The complete closure of the airport allows a higher quality of execution and a longer use of the new runway. Besides, the chosen method of refurbishment helps protect the neighbors from noisy works.
The general refurbishment does not include any displacement of the runway or changes of the actual flight routes (these can only be advised by flight control). The length of the new runway and all the taxiways will not be changed either.
Should you have any questions concerning the refurbishment of the runway, please do not hesitate to contact us: p2ShnJIlqJ5aDUAuoUcvqKWaYJScpaOipaDhLKD=