When the COVID-19 crisis dramatically reduced flights at Stansted, the airport replaced aircraft with trucks to bring forward some scheduled maintenance work. Tom Allett explains.
While the coronavirus pandemic has had numerous negative impacts on the aviation industry, there have been some small benefits resulting from the aircraft groundings. London/Stansted’s engineering team decided to use this unique opportunity to move planned overnight runway maintenance works to daytime hours.
The airport’s 10,000ft (3,048m) Runway 04/22 is fully resurfaced every ten to 15 years, but regular heavy maintenance also takes place twice a year. It is normally done overnight at weekends to minimise disruption to flights.