Auckland Airport has temporarily reduced the operating length of its runway for an eight-week period to enable maintenance work to be undertaken on a neighbouring taxiway.
From February 4 to March 31, 2016, the airport’s runway operating length will be reduced by 958ft (292m), from 11,269ft to 9,983ft (3,435 to 3,043m).
Judy Nicholl, Auckland Airport’s General Manager – Aeronautical Operations, said, “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.”