Runway Closures

Runway Closures 2015
During March 2015 we are carrying out maintenance work to the eastern taxiways adjoining Runway 1(Runway 23R/05L); the programme will require five nights of closure. Further work will be required during 2015 and so two dates each month have been identified between May and December. This has enabled a works programme to be planned and to provide advance notice; it is anticipated will be useful for our neighbours. During these nights of closure the routine maintenance tasks, necessary to keep our busiest runway and its’ adjoining taxiways in a good and safe condition, will also be carried out.

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

March 22nd, 23rd, 24th 25th & 26th
May 5th & 6th June 2nd & 3rd
July 7th & 8th August 4th & 5th
September 1st & 2nd October 6th & 7th 
November 3rd & 4th December 1st & 2nd

As always, the prevailing weather conditions will determine in which direction aircraft will take-off and land. In the event of bad weather/low visibility, the works may be deferred and Runway 1(Runway 23R/05L) will be reinstated. Normal operations will resume at all other times. These changes are permitted within the terms of the Planning Permission Runway 2(Runway 23L/05R).

Runway Closures 2014
For some nights in February/March/April/June/July/November/December we carried out some taxiway reconstruction work. In total this work has required 47 nights of closure of Runway 1 and night time use of Runway 2; 13% of the nights available January-December 2014. Whilst Runway 1 was closed for these taxiway works we carried out the routine maintenance tasks necessary to keep our busiest runway in a safe and usable condition.

Regular Maintenance
The £Multi-Million refurbishment of Runway 1 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.
In July 2013 we had to remove rubber deposits (this is a routine activity) from both our runways and we created the video clip below:
In 2013 we had a total of 15 nights of runway closures in February/April/June/July/November, 4% of the nights available; compared to 22 nights/6% in 2012.

Runway Refurbishment 2010-2011

The work
Over 2010-2011 we carried out a £20 Million refurbishment programme on Runway 1 (Runway 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 are two video clips that review the project and our communication strategy for the works. 


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

Last updated 11th March 2015