Auckland Airport in New Zealand has completed the work for its runway maintenance programme, which involved replacing the pavement.

The project involved the replacement of 280 large concrete slabs. The runway is expected to return to its complete length on 17 July.

In May, the airport completed the work to shorten its runway as part of the NZD26m maintenance project. A construction team of 80 workers commenced the project to shorten the runway by 1.1km.

For the pavement project, around 12,800t of concrete was transported in 890 truckloads to the construction site.

Auckland Airport Infrastructure general manager André Lovatt said: “This was a significant project with 12km of new electrical cabling installed beneath the surface of the runway to support the airfield lighting system.

“Before we even got to pour the giant concrete slabs, 2,200m³ of cement-treated base course had to be laid, enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”

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The project created employment for 150 people over the 11-week period.

With its completion, the airport is planning for another small-scale project that involves the replacement of 80 slabs at the runway’s west end.

Lovatt added: “Just as with the project at the eastern end, this is work we’ve already planned and budgeted for.

“Covid-19 gives us a chance to bring that work forward to take advantage of the downturn in aviation traffic and minimise disruption for airlines.

“The level of collaboration to safely deliver projects like this cannot be underestimated, and we are thankful that the airlines, pilots associations, Airways, the CAA and our designers and contractors have supported the maintenance programme in such extraordinary times.”