Aerodrom Ljubljana and SCT sign a contract on construction work as part of runway renovation
Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. CEO Zmago Skobir and SCT
d.d. management board chairman Ivan Zidar signed a contract on
construction work as part of the runway renovation.
Aerodrom Ljubljana d.d. is continuing its airport infrastructure modernisation and construction projects. The contract for the construction work involved in the renovation of the runway has been awarded to SCT. The contract due to be signed today is worth €7,740,025.00 (excluding VAT).
The construction work involved in the renovation of the runway includes the renovation of asphalt surfaces across the entire breadth of the runway over a length of approximately 3000 metres (300 metres were resurfaced in 2007), the renovation of asphalt surfaces on part of the taxiways TWY K and TWY G, construction work in connection with the replacement of the lighting system and the installation of additional cable trenches. The renovation will above all increase the safety of the runway, which is 3,300 metres long and 60 metres wide. The runway was asphalted in 1978 and its last complete overhaul was in 1992, when a thin coating was applied.
The renovation of the runway is a demanding project in terms of organisation. Preparations, which have lasted almost a year, have included, besides Aerodrom Ljubljana, the most important users of the airport: airlines, Slovenia Control, the Ministry of Transport and the Environmental Agency of the Republic of Slovenia. Construction work will take place in three phases, with the first two phases due to be completed this year. The first phase will take place between 10 and 25 June 2009 and the second between 30 June and 15 July 2009. During these periods a shorter runway will be used for take-offs and landings. No major changes in the timetable are envisaged, although there may be some hindrance to traffic because while the work is going on the instrument landing system (for landing in conditions of reduced visibility) will be switched off. The third phase of the renovation will take place over a fifteen-day period in the second quarter of 2010. This phase will involve work on the middle of the runway, which means that the runway will have to be closed while the work is going on and traffic temporarily diverted to an alternative airport.
Two other major construction projects are taking place at the airport at the same time: the widening of the apron and the construction of a hangar for aircraft ground handling equipment. Airport City, a business and logistics centre adjacent to the airport is currently being developed. The centre will include tourist facilities, retail, warehousing, logistics and other airport-related services. A rail link to the airport is planned, and the KranjMengeš main road will be re-routed to the north to make way for the new development. New business and administration facilities at the airport are due to be complete by 2015. These will include car parks, a hotel complex, recreation and sports facilities, production and logistics facilities and aircraft maintenance facilities.
Zgornji Brnik, 21 April 2009