First take-off from renewed runway | Budapest Airport

Runway re-opened at Budapest Airport

June 29, 2018

One day before the scheduled deadline, Runway 1 of Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest was re-opened for traffic. The first aircraft to take off from the new concrete was an Emirates Boeing 777-300 type aircraft departing to Dubai. The handover of Runway 1 was made urgent by the need to meet the demand of increased traffic in the summer peak more safely and more comfortably.

The concrete pavement of Runway 1 had to be replaced on an area of five football fields combined, on a length of 1400 meters in total. In the course of 110 days of refurbishment works, no less than 8 500 cubic meters of concrete and close to 300 kilometers of electric cables were laid, and the manholes connected with the runway were refurbished, too, according to a statement by Budapest Airport.

Utilizing the period of runway closure from 12 March, Budapest Airport professionals also installed a new instrument landing system (ILS) at the runway end towards Vecsés (31L), as a result of which aircraft will be able to land more safely in low visibility conditions (fog, precipitation, nighttime). Thanks to the new system, Liszt Ferenc International Airport will be serving airlines with state-of-the-art radio navigation systems.

The total cost of runway refurbishment amounted to HUF 2.1 billion (EUR 6.5 million), financed by Budapest Airport from its own resources. Due to the coordinated work effort and favorable weather conditions, the refurbished runway was handed back to traffic Friday afternoon, one day before the original deadline of 30 June. Previously, several authorities and other organizations including the Airport Police Directorate and the Aviation Authority were involved in the technical handover, safety and security inspection of the runway.

“We are proud and satisfied to return Runway 1 to aircraft again after general contractor KÉSZ and its team completed their high-quality work. Earlier they built SkyCourt for us, and they continue to work on the completion of Pier B, meeting the complex requirements in the airport environment,” said Stephan Schattney, chief technical officer of Budapest Airport, pointing out that he hopes the expected useful life of Runway 1 is now extended by several decades.


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