Stuttgart Airport (IATA STR), Germany, is to bring forward some scheduled runway renewal work while flight operations are reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A section of the concrete pavement will be renewed between Monday, April 6, to Wednesday, April 22, 2020. No aircraft will be able to operate from the airport during those dates and special services, such as repatriation flights or cargo services with medical goods, will be diverted. After that 17-day period, the regular construction work will run from Thursday, April, 23, 2020, up to and including Wednesday, June 17, 2020. During the latter period, flight operations can continue alongside the construction work, but the runway will be closed from 22:00 to 06:00 local time.
Walter Schoefer, CEO of Stuttgart Airport, said: “The earlier start of construction gives us more certainty for completing the partial renewal on time, despite the effects of the corona pandemic. The pandemic can also have an impact on the staff of the companies contracted and on supply chains. In view of the decline in passenger numbers, we have therefore decided to adjust our plans and start construction work early. The seventeen days ahead of schedule without any flight operations will allow our experts to carry out many of the complex works in larger steps”.
The airport’s managing director Dr Arina Freitag added: “The early start of construction allows us to build non-stop. This gives us a significant lead, especially in the first construction phase, where a lot of complex work is involved. For our customers, this means planning reliability. Despite the pandemic, we are thus ensuring that Stuttgart Airport will be up and running again by June 18, 2020”.