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£7.2 million runway rehabilitation programme is about to take off

18/03/2009

A multi-million pound programme of work is about to begin at Aberdeen Airport, which will involve a complete resurface of the main runway.

It starts on Sunday 29th March 2009 and should be completed by the end of October. Consultations have been held with residents from local communities, elected representatives from Aberdeen City Council and with MPs and MSPs for the area.

The process involves removing the top layer of runway, in small areas at a time, and replacing the surface. It is estimated that this will add more than 15 years to its life.

Managing Director Kevin Brown said: “This is an extensive programme of work which required a great deal of careful planning and consultations with our airline partners and local communities.

“We expect there to be very little impact on those living around the airport and little or no disruption to airport operations.

“As a very busy airport and a vital component of the oil and gas industry, we cannot simply close the airport while this important work is carried out. Therefore the majority of the work will be carried out overnight, when the runway can be closed, to minimise the impact on passengers and airport operations.”

BAA Aberdeen’s Airfield Manager Darren Williams added: “The full re-surfacing not only entails replacement of the asphalt surface but also sees energy efficient LED lighting installed for the very first time, and improvements to large areas of taxi-way.

“Once complete the new surface is expected to last for more than 15 years, ensuring many more years of continued availability for our airlines and passengers. Being the UK's sixth busiest runway, it's very important that the infrastructure provided is fit for purpose and operational at all times.”

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