Cologne Bonn Airport

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Night-time shutdown due to maintenance and servicing work


In autumn 2017; a range of maintenance and service work will be carried out on the main runway. This will include the routine maintenance exchange of the lighting and the removal of rubber deposits from the runway surface. At the same time, repairs will also be done on damage to the tarmac surface. In the run-up to the general overhaul, the main runway will also be measured. At the intersection with the transveral runway, which is currently being renovated, preparatory measures for the return to operation will also be carried out: core hole drilling for the new lighting system and cable work.

The entire work will take place in the night from 7th to 8th October. The runway will therefore not be available for operation from 9.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. the next morning. As due to refurbishment the transversal runway is also currently out of operation, the flights scheduled for this time slot will have to be postponed, rerouted or cancelled. This affects 69 flights. The airlines will inform their passengers of the new flight data in due time.

The Airport would like to apologise for any inconvenience to the customers and flight passengers affected by the shutdown. “Right now, with the renovation of the transversal runway, we are in what is called “single-runway operation”, with only one runway available for take-off and landing. At an airport with 24-hour operations, it is inevitable that the necessary maintenance and repair means a shutdown,” explained Airport CEO Michael Garvens. “We’ve concentrated all the work in the narrowest possible time slot and chosen a relatively low-congestion, off-peak time for this. However, disruptions to flight operations are unfortunately unavoidable.“


As the work depends very much on the weather, a postponement to an alternative date may become necessary at short notice– this would be 28/29 October.




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