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Runway refurbishment at Shannon Airport

Shannon Airport has completed its €15 million resurfacing project on Ireland’s longest runway eight weeks ahead of schedule.

The works, which commenced in May of this year and were undertaken by Lagan Asphalt Group, included the full rehabilitation of 2,400 m of runway surface, the replacement of runway edge and centre line lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting, ducting and other associated works.

“The runway is the main artery of Shannon Airport and has been one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the South West since its construction in 1961” said Matthew Thomas, CEO, Shannon Group. “It provides a crucial link to the global community and has facilitated the growth of Irish tourism and business in the region for over 55 years” he continued.

A team of 90 people and 70 vehicles worked on the runway at night to avoid disrupting flights
to and from Shannon Airport and at the peak of the construction project, the equivalent of one football pitch of refurbished runway surface was laid each night.

Commenting on the project, Brian McManus, Lagan Asphalt Director and Project Manager highlighted some of the challenges his company faced in working on a runway that was still effectively in use.

“In order to allow flights to land, we worked in four-hour shifts at night, laying a new section of surface in time to allow for a 90-minute health and safety inspection ahead of the first of aircraft arriving on the runway. Using this process, we laid approximately 60,000 tonnes of asphalt during this project”.


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