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Shannon Airport begins €15 million runway upgrade

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 1:00am

Shannon Airport has commenced a €15 million, 100 job project to upgrade the airport’s runway, the longest runway in Ireland at 3,199 metres (almost two miles).

Dublin based specialist in this area, Lagan Asphalt Group, with offices in Tulla in County Clare, has been appointed to the project. The appointment follows their successful bid under an EU tender process.

Work on the project includes the rehabilitation of the runway surface, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, ducting and other associated works. These works are scheduled to ensure that Ireland’s longest runway continues to meet the strict regulations governing the operation and specification of runways at major airports. The project is financed through the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund.

Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group said: “Our runway is the airport’s greatest asset and has been the central artery of the airport allowing it to grow passenger numbers by 24% over the past four years. We want to see this continue and this why the runway upgrade project is needed to protect this investment.”

The airport’s runway, built in 1961, was last fully rehabilitated in 1983 and has under gone regular maintenance over the intervening years. A full resurfacing of 2,400m of the 3,199m runway is now required.

Mr. Thomas said: “This is a challenging and complex project with work limited to small time periods every night in order to minimise any inconvenience to our customers. The work is very weather dependent, and will involve the resurfacing of the runway, with a grooved marshall asphalt and the replacement of both our runway centre line and edge lighting. At the end of this project we will possess an enhanced asset that will be key in driving forward our business over the next 25 years.”

Brian McManus, Lagan Asphalt, stated: “The project is one of the most significant runway rehabilitations anywhere on the island of Ireland. As Ireland’s third largest airport Shannon has seen a 24% increase in year on year passenger numbers since 2013 and it represents an important catalyst for the development of long term international business links and tourism visits.”

Work have commenced and will take c. 26 weeks to complete. The works are scheduled to take place at night, five days a week and will not impact on any scheduled services at the airport for the duration of the project. Consultations have been taking place with aircraft operators to minimise any inconvenience, in particular, with transit operators who use the airport on a 24 hour basis.

Start times will vary to facilitate scheduled services, with night works being completed by 6am each morning to accept the arrival of the early morning wave of transatlantic flights and European flight departures.

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