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Grass runways restored for full use

Posted Wed 4th June 2014 at 11:39

All three runways at Alderney Airport are expected to be back in full operation within two weeks.

Improved drainage and extensive repairs mean the asphalt strip and the longer of the two grass strips are already in use. The shorter grass runway is expected to open in June, following an inspection by the Channel Island Aviation Authority. Water-logging around the remaining asphalt strip in February reduced its useful width by a fifth and its length from 877 metres to 799 metres. Now, following a review by the Director of Civil Aviation the operational length has been restored to 877 metres. Most of the remediation work has been carried out by Alderney Airport Fire Service.

David Chiswell, chairman of Alderney Flying Club, welcomed the news. "This will help to build on the momentum we had last year with increasing visits by private pilots and it is timely with the Fly-In happening on 4-6th July," he said.

"It is also encouraging that the airport authorities see that regular maintenance and permanent long term solutions are still needed and we will look forward to action on those fronts."

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