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Runway back to full length

Since this morning the runway at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport has been functioning again without restrictions. The full 3,300 metres of runway are in use, and the instrument landing system is again operating. This marks the conclusion of the first two phases of runway renovation by Aerodrom Ljubljana.

The reconditioning of the runway includes resurfacing of the asphalt as well as asphalt on part of the taxiways, replacing the lighting system and installing additional cable conduits. It is being carried out in three phases, with two planned for this year, one covering the north-western and the other the south-eastern sections of the runway. The first phase, covering around 800 metres, was concluded on 25 June, while reconditioning of the other section, involving over 1,000 metres of runway, was completed in the early hours of this morning. Reconditioning of the central section of the runway will be started in the second quarter of 2010.

Last night we carried out the concluding operations on work planned for this year. At around 12.30 am (after the last aircraft had taken off), the airport was closed for several hours. During this time the landing threshold was shifted, re-extending the landing strip from 2,100 metres to 3,300 metres of useful surface. The airport was re-opened at 6 am, when the reduced visibility instrument landing system was again fully operational.

The reconditioning to date has been carried out in line with plans, and despite several days of bad weather, works were concluded within the envisaged deadlines. During construction work, traffic at the airport proceeded normally, although the runway functioned with certain restrictions. While work was in progress, only 2,100 metres of runway were in use, although this is sufficient for all types of aircraft that regularly take off or land at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. During the works, the reduced visibility instrument landing system was also partly taken off line. No delays or diversions of aircraft owing to the work were recorded.

The reconditioning project was entirely planned, organised, managed and supervised by Aeroinženiring Aerodroma Ljubljana, d.d. The contractor for the construction work was the company SCT, which built into the runway a total of 17,270 tons of asphalt mixture. On the night of Saturday 4 July to Sunday 5 July, a unique kind of record was achieved, with a full 3,500 tons of asphalt being laid in nine hours, a major achievement in construction work. Workers from Elektroištalacije Bidovec installed in the runway 215 kilometres of primary and secondary cables, while a total of 440 Siemens lights were taken apart and reassembled, along with the same number of transformers.

Brnik, 15 July 2008