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Published on : Tuesday, February 2, 2016
From 4 February to 31 March 2016, the airport’s runway operating length will be reduced by 292 metres, from 3,435 metres to 3,043 metres.Judy Nicholl, Auckland Airport’s general manager – aeronautical operations, says, “The shortening of the runway will enable the airport to replace 310 concrete slabs on the ‘A1A’ taxiway, used by aircraft to access the very eastern end of the runway. Replacing the slabs every 30-50 years is essential to maintain their strength.”
“It is critical that we do the maintenance at this time of the year, when the weather is at its best and the chance of fog is low, because the location of the works means the airport will not have low visibility navigational aids during the maintenance period. These aids assist jet aircraft to land and take off if there is fog at the airport.”
“The shorter runway also means that aircraft will not use SMART Approach flight paths to Auckland Airport from the east during the maintenance period,” says Ms Nicholl.