Runway Closures

Runway Closures 2014
The programme of taxiway reconstruction we have been carrying out in February and March has been heavily affected by the weather conditions. On a number of nights we have been unable to carry out work and so the programme is behind schedule. The programme will require replacement nights of Runway 1 closure. Whilst the Runway is closed for these taxiway works we will continue to carry out routine maintenance tasks to keep our busiest runway in a safe and usable condition.
Runway 2 will continue to be used as the sole runway between 2130 and 0630 hours, Sunday-Thursday nights only; until works are completed at 0630 hrs on Friday 18th April 2014

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. In 2014  maintenance works to the Runway 1 and reconstruction of its' adjoining taxiways will require some runway closures and we will continue to post details/dates of these works as they become available.

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 18th March 2014