Which airport completed runway resurfacing in a national record time?

An airport with an 11,500ft-long runway took just 75 days to finish resurfacing work - the amount of asphalt laid was equivalent to a 200km-long road! But, which airport in what country you ask – find out here!

Resurfacing Work on the sole runway serving Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Gujarat, India, was finished in a national record of just 75 days.

The 11,500ft-long runway 05/23 was worked on for nine hours per day, allowing an average of 160 daily rotations to use the airstrip in the remaining 15 hours.

During the 75 days it took to complete the task – the quickest work time on any brownfield runway in India according to the Adani Group, which manages the gateway – the amount of asphalt laid was equivalent to a 200km-long road, while 40,000 cubic meters of concrete applied for the associated drainage system would have been “sufficient to build a 40-storey structure.”

Ahmedabad’s runway resurfacing work
Staff pose for the camera on Ahmedabad’s 11,500ft-long Runway 05/23 
Adani Group/Adani Airport Holdings Ltd

Shortly after the Adani Group took over management of the Indian airport back in November 2020, concerns were raised by Adani Airport Holdings Ltd (AAHL) – a 100% subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd, a flagship company of the group – about the runway’s ride quality and drainage constraints. Consequently, initial proposals suggested that the resurfacing project was estimated for completion in two phases over three years, although this was adjusted for the entire work to be done in just a single, short period.

As such, from November 10, 2021, 200 working days had been planned, however this was bought down to a 90-day target in a bid to “improve operational efficiency and reduce inconvenience to passengers” – a feat it achieved in just 75 days by increasing available resources. Around 600 individuals and more than 200 pieces of equipment were used for the record project.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is just under seven miles from the Ahmedabad city centre and features four terminals and 45 parking bays. It also serves the city of Gandhinagar.