London Stansted Airport Completes Runway Resurfacing

London Stansted Airport (STN) has completed its runway resurfacing project two weeks earlier than originally scheduled.

Work to resurface the 3-kilometre-long runway began in January 2023, with most of the construction taking place overnight.

Stansted Runway
London Stansted’s runway

Approximately 50,000 tonnes of asphalt has since been laid and 700 runway lights have been replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.

On 5 June, the new runway was used for London Stansted’s charity fun run, which coincided with the completion of the resurfacing project.

As with construction, the run also took place in the early hours of the morning to avoid conflicting with aircraft activity.

Monika Simonaityte, STN's Head of Air Traffic Management and Airport Operating Systems, who organised the event, said:

“Although it was a very early start for the runners - necessary to take advantage of the only time of day or night where no aircraft were scheduled to take off or land - it was no doubt worth it for the unique experience of running on one of the longest, and usually busiest, runways in the UK.”

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