Stansted Paves the Way Forward

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.

During the height of the resurfacing project in April, more than 200 contractors and engineers were supported by around 100 vehicles.
All images Manchester Airports Group (MAG)

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.

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