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Runway Closures

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

Runway Closures 2019/2020

Each year maintenance works are required to maintain Runway 1Runway 23R/05L, the most used runway, and its adjoining taxiways. 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 give you an idea of all that is accomplished in just one night. Runway 2Runway 23L/05R will be used as the sole runway between 22:00 and 06:00 hours on the following dates:

Jan 12th,13th,14th, 15th & 16th    
Feb 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th    
Mar 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th    
Apr 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th    
May 5th, 6th & 7th    
Jun 2nd, 3rd & 4th    
Jul 7th, 8th & 9th    
Aug 4th, 5th & 6th    
Sep 1st, 2nd & 3rd    
Oct 4th, 5th, 6th 7th & 8th    
Nov 3rd, 4th & 5th    
Dec 8th, 9th & 10th    
Jan 12th, 13th & 14th    

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


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 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

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Future runway closures

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