|Runway Resurfacing Offers Residents Night-time Relief
Work due to take place 3rd March to 31st October
Runway resurfacing is an essential maintenance task that comes round roughly once every decade. The Southern runway will be resurfaced this year and the work will take place at night.
That will mean changes to the pattern of night-time flights. From 3rd March to 31st October, most aircraft flying after 10.30pm and before 6am will use the northern runway. This will mostly affect arrivals after 4.30am. The release states that there will be no additional night flights.
What does this mean for you?
Key areas affected in 2013
The switch in noise levels occurs because they normally use both runways equally at night through 'runway alteration'; one week, they will use one runway for arrivals and the other for departures. The following week they swap obviously this can only happen only when both runways are open.
Proposed schedule during the ten months of resurfacing:
Night-time flight paths during 2013 runway resurfacing
1. When wind blows from the west
2. When wind blows from the east
Runway alternation helps us manage aircraft noise for the good of the entire community. Suspending night-time alternation for a full ten months is not ideal, but it is unavoidable. To those of our neighbours who are likely to experience more noise than usual, we'd like to apologise. It may help to know that we'll be resurfacing the northern runway during 2014 and the north-south switch will be reversed.