Construction work on the runway is planned: the eastern part of the 3,345 meters long Stuttgart Airport runway will receive a new concrete surface in the spring of 2020. From Thursday, 23 April to Wednesday, 18 June 2020, planes will therefore take off and land on a shortened runway. Nevertheless, passengers flying from Stuttgart will still be able to reach all destinations in Germany and nearby European countries on non-stop flights. There will be some restrictions in terms of range that apply to direct long-haul flights.
The partial renewal of the runway will take place in two phases. Each will take 28 days.
From 23 April to 20 May 2020, aircraft will use a shortened runway with a maximum length of 1,965 meters. In this phase, constructions must be carried out during the day and at night in the area directly in front of the interim runway. During this time, there will be no flights between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Overnight airmail flights, rescue flights and other exceptions to the regular night flight restrictions are also not possible.
From 21 May to 17 June 2020, planes will take off and land on a runway that is expected to be 2,475 meters long. During this construction phase, all night flights that are operated in accordance with the applicable night flight restrictions may take off and land again
During the first construction phase (20 April – 20 May 2020), all destinations within Germany and to nearby European countries up to a distance of roughly 1,400 kilometers can be reached via direct flights. This includes the hubs in Amsterdam, Paris and London. During the second construction phase (21 May – 17 June 2020), Stuttgart will again be connected to destinations within a maximum radius of 2,800 kilometers.
Reasons for the partial renewal
For safety reasons, Stuttgart Airport regularly checks the condition of its entire infrastructure. As soon as it becomes necessary, areas on the apron, for example, are repaired – and if needed, the concrete surface of the runway, too. The section that will be renewed in the spring of 2020 was built in the mid-1990s and is located in the eastern part of the airport. Weather conditions and material characteristics determine in the durability of the runway concrete – and, of course, its exposure: most aircraft land on the eastern part of the runway when they touch down in Stuttgart.