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Resurfacing Of Runway Nears Completion

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Work to resurface Dublin Airport’s main runway, R10/28 is more than two-thirds complete. The runway, which is 28 years old, also needs an upgrade of its ground lighting system and a full replacement of all cabling and ducting.

The 18-month project, which started in November 2016, is essential to ensure the airport’s main runway can continue to operate safely. Runway 10/28 is a critical element of Ireland’s infrastructure according to Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison. He said: “Our main runway has been the workhorse of Dublin Airport since it opened in 1989. It has facilitated over four million aircraft take offs and landings since then and this upgrade work is vital to the ongoing safe operation of the airport.

“This work is required to ensure the main runway continues to meet the strict regulations governing the operation and specification of runways at major airports. It is a complex and challenging project because it is weather dependent and it can only be done at night time, as it requires the full closure of the airport’s main runway,” said Mr Harrison.

Construction work had been taking place between 11pm and 5am nightly up to the end of October, however, due to shifts being lost because of low visibility, heavy rain and storms, the project start time was recently brought forward to 9pm to meet the end of April 2018 finish deadline.