Ireland’s Shannon Airport is carrying out resurface and rehabilitation works for one of its major runways.

The 3,200m Runway 06/24 served as one of the designated emergency runways for the Space Shuttle prior to cessation of flights.

Each night, following the last aircraft arrival / departure at the airport, a team of 70 people using 90 vehicles is currently working to complete the runway rehabilitation project.

Shannon Airport operations director Niall Maloney said:  “It’s quite a complex job because not only is there a huge volume of work being done but there’s a huge focus on the clock and, particularly, on safety.

"The runway must be open and operational every morning for our first transatlantic customers before 6am."

“The runway must be open and operational every morning for our first transatlantic customers before 6am.

“To ensure this happens our own dedicated Shannon Airport project team, working with our contractor, take 90 minutes to run all the necessary safety checks before that can happen.”

Besides providing rehabilitation enhancements to Runway 06/24, the project will replace existing runway lighting and fittings, raise the drainage channel, and restore airfield markings.

The project commenced in April and is expected to be completed in October this year.

During this period, approximately 50,000t of asphalt will be laid on the runway.

According to Maloney, the redeveloped runway will serve the airport and the region for the next 25 years.

Constructed in 1961, the runway was last renovated in 1983 and has undergone regular maintenance over the years.