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Press ReleaseS (in German)
Stuttgart Airport resumes flight operations on 23 April
The partial renewal of the runway at Stuttgart Airport is progressing well so far. From Thursday, 23 April 2020, take-offs and landings will resume on a shortened runway. At that point, the regular construction phases for the partial renewal of the runway will begin, while flight operations continue. The start of construction work was changed to April 6 at short notice, to avoid possible effects of the corona pandemic on the renewal.
In the night of 22 to 23 April, several conversions will take place on the airport grounds. The runway will be shortened to a maximum of 1,965 metres for the first construction phase. For that reason, numerous markings and signs on the runway and taxiways have already been changed in the past two weeks, and beacons and transmitters for pilots have been adapted. An additional security fence separates the construction site from the remaining apron.
From Thursday morning, 6 a.m., aircraft will take off and land again at Stuttgart Airport. Up to and including 20 May 2020, there will be no flights after 10 p.m.. In the second construction phase starting on 21 May 2020, airplanes will have a total of 2,475 metres of runway at their disposal. The change in runway length will be implemented at night again. On 18 June 2020, the runway will return to its original length of 3,345 metres.
Further information on the project: stuttgart-airport.com/runway
Partial runway renewal starts early No flight operations from 06 to 22 April 2020
The partial renewal of the runway at Stuttgart Airport can begin earlier than planned. From Monday, 06/04/2020 to Wednesday, 22/04/2020, a section of the concrete pavement will be renewed. There will be no flight operations during this phase. Flights such as cargo flights with medical goods or rescue flights will be diverted. The regular construction work will begin subsequently and will last from Thursday, 23/04/2020 up to and including Wednesday, 17/06/2020. During this time, air traffic can continue parallel to the construction work.
Walter Schoefer, CEO of Stuttgart Airport: "The earlier start of construction gives us more certainty for completing the partial renewal on time, despite the effects of the corona pandemic. The pandemic can also have an impact on the staff of the companies contracted and on supply chains. In view of the decline in passenger numbers, we have therefore decided to adjust our plans and start construction work early," Schoefer said. "The seventeen days ahead of schedule without any flight operations will allow our experts to carry out many of the complex works in larger steps".
Managing Director Dr. Arina Freitag: "The early start of construction allows us to build non-stop. This gives us a significant lead, especially in the first construction phase, where a lot of complex work is involved. For our customers, this means planning reliability. Despite the pandemic, we are thus ensuring that Stuttgart Airport will be up and running again by June 18, 2020”.