Work is getting under way today on the upgrade of Dublin Airport’s main runway in a major project involving the creation of 150 new construction jobs.
The overhaul, which will take up to 18 months to complete, includes a complete resurfacing of the 10/28 runaway and the installation of new ground lighting systems.
“This is an essential investment in the future of Dublin Airport and in the future of the Irish economy,” said Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison.
“Our main runway has been the workhorse of Dublin Airport since 1989 and has allowed the airport to grow from five million passengers per year to a record 25 million passengers last year.
“More than four million aircraft have taken off or landed on our main runway during the past 27 years and it’s now in need of a substantial overhaul.”
Runway 10/28, which opened in 1989, typically handles 95% of all flights at Dublin Airport. The work will take place on week nights between 11pm and 5am for the duration of the project as it can only be carried out when the runway is fully closed.
While the night-time construction works are ongoing, flights will use Dublin Airport’s secondary runway – also known as the crosswind runway which typically handles about 5% of total flight traffic.
The work, which is weather dependent, involves covering the 2,637 metre runway with three new layers of asphalt. The project also includes replacing the ground lighting system for the runway with new LED lights, which will reduce energy consumption by about 66%.
The upgrade is a complex logistical project as construction teams will overhaul a portion of the runway every night before it is handed back to operations early each morning in time for Dublin Airport’s busiest time of the day.