Birmingham Airport (BHX) has completed a 2.8 million GBP maintenance project to ensure its runway and taxiways remain in a safe and reliable condition.

This work was carried out overnight throughout November.

It included removing rubber scuff marks on the tarmac left by landing aircraft, conducting maintenance on the runway electrical kit, repairing drainage lining, and replacing worn areas of taxiway.

The overnight team at BHX
The overnight team at BHX
James Gordon, Head of Airfield Infrastructure at BHX, said:

Each year we have more than 100,000 aircraft movements, some with the weight of 23 tonnes per wheel, which takes its toll on our runway and taxiways. That is why we close the airfield at night in November, when customer volumes are typically at their lowest, to carry out our essential maintenance to ensure it remains safe and reliable. So, while most people were sleeping in November, we were removing rubber scuffs from the runway, repairing tarmac, refreshing paint markings, maintaining ground lighting systems, cleaning our drains, along with a host of other tasks.

Throughout this project, BHX maintenance teams removed aircraft rubber tyre deposits that added up to an area the size of two football pitches.

The teams also refreshed approximately 2 kilometres of paint markings, cleaned 12 kilometres of drains, and completed other repairs within the airfield area.

This investment will ensure the runway and taxiways are in good, safe condition for the next 12 months.


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