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Runway Closures

Runway Closures 2017

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1Runway 23R/05L, the most used runway, and its’ adjoining taxiways. At the start of each year we publish dates of the nights when Runway 1Runway 23R/05L will be closed. At the bottom of this page are videos that show nights of runway maintenance and provide you an idea of all that is accomplished in just one night. 

Runway 2Runway 23L/05R will be used as the sole runway between 2200 and 0600 hours on the following dates:

Jan 10th, 11th & 12th Feb 7th, 8th & 9th Mar 7th, 8th & 9th  
Apr 4th, 5th & 6th May 2nd, 3rd & 4th   Jun 6th, 7th & 8th  
Jul 6th, 8th & 8th   Aug 1st, 2nd & 3rd   Sep 5th, 6th & 7th
Oct 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th& 5th  Nov 7th, 8th & 9th  Dec 5th, 6th & 7th   

The dates above include ‘weather contingency’ and some redundancy; it is unlikely that all of the 38 nights (10% of the nights available) will be required. In 2016 although we advertised 38 nights of closures we only required/used 36 of them. In the event of bad weather/low visibility or that no works are required; the works may be deferred or cancelled and Runway 1Runway 23R/05L reinstated. Normal operations will resume at all other times. These changes are permitted within the terms of the Planning Permission Runway 2Runway 23L/05R.  


Additional Dates

In 2017 we have identified that some more lengthy works will be required to maintain the taxiway infrastructure at each end of Runway 1Runway 23R/05L. The areas of these works will be too close to the Runway for it to safely remain open; whilst they are underway and will require additional nights of closure. As soon as dates for these works are confirmed they will be advertised on this page.


Regular Maintenance

The £Multi-Million refurbishment of  Runway 1Runway 23R/05L in 2010-2011 incorporated works that have reduced maintenance requirements; but it is our prime runway and is in use 24 hrs a day, seven days a week. The Runway and its’ adjoining taxiways experience heavy usage and naturally require maintenance; line painting, drain clearing, surface inspection (on foot by a team of operations colleagues) and other unglamorous housekeeping duties are all required to keep the Runway in a good condition. These tasks naturally require the runway to be closed to traffic.  Below left is a video clip showing some regular maintenance runway work.

Runway Refurbishment 2010-2011

The work

Over 2010-2011 we carried out a £20 Million refurbishment programme on  Runway 1Runway 23R/05L. As a part of this project we compiled video clips to explain what work needed to be done and actual film of various stages of the work being carried out. Below right are two video clips that review the project and our communication strategy for the works.

Contact us

If you have any questions or particular concerns that are not addressed by this page please e-mail the Community Relations Team. If you have any suggestions about how to improve this page please let us know.

Future runway closures

Please return to this page for information on future runway closures.

Runway Refurbishment Videos

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