At the end of 2016 we published the dates (further down this page) in 2017 that Runway 1Runway 23R/05L, the most used runway, would be closed for maintenance and Runway 2Runway 23L/05R used instead. We also described that some more lengthy works would be required to maintain the taxiways at each end of the Runway. These taxiway works are too close to the Runway for it to safely remain open whilst they are underway and some more nights of closure are necessary.
We are aware that use of Runway 2 at night to can cause disturbance to our neighbouring communities. Over the years we have had detailed discussions with our Consultative Committee and other Councillor/Community representatives to understand how the works can be planned to cause the least disturbance possible, whilst still completing this vital work. We have planned the work to minimise, as far as possible, the disturbance caused.
Runway 2 will be used as the sole runway Sunday-Thursday nights only; starting at 2230 hours on Sunday 19th March until works are completed at 06:00 hours on Friday 1st September 2017. Due to our busy summer season the times the Runway is used will change and be as follows:
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:
|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 nights will be required. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Please return to this page for information on future runway closures.