Runway Closures

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1, the most used runway, and its adjoining taxiways.

Runway Closures 2023

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1 Runway 23R/05L (the most used runway) and its adjoining taxiways. We publish dates of the nights when Runway 1 Runway 23R/05L will be closed. At the bottom of this page are videos that show nights of runway maintenance and give you an idea of all that is accomplished in just one night. Runway 2 Runway 23L/05R will be used as the sole runway between 22:30 and 06:00 hours on the following dates:


January– 10th 11th & 12th * amended dates

February 7th 8th & 9th

March 7th 8th & 9th

April 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th & 7th ** 5 night closure

May 2nd 3rd & 4th

Jun 6th 7th & 8th

July 4th 5th & 6th

August 1st, 2nd & 3rd

September 5th 6th & 7th

October 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th & 6th ** 5 night closure

November 7th 8th & 9th

December 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 1 Runway 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.

Dual Runway Use

We publish details on the hours of using for Runway 1 and Runway 2 together on our dual runway use page

Regular Maintenance

The multi-million-pound 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 1. As a part of this project, we compiled video clips to explain what work needed to be done and an actual film of various stages of the work being carried out. We created two video clips that reviewed the project and our communication strategy for the works.

Clip 1:

Clip 2:

Contact us

If you have any questions or particular concerns that are not addressed by this page please email 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.