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Complete renovation of main landing runway 14/32

The main landing runway 14/32 at Zurich Airport is undergoing major renovation. Work is being carried out during the night to avoid disrupting regular flight operations.


Since the beginning of March 2014, the 38-year old main landing runway has been undergoing major renovation – an essential requirement to maintain the high standards of safety at Zurich Airport. To avoid disrupting flight operations, the construction work is being carried out during the night. Local residents and media representatives have already had an opportunity to take an exclusive look behind the scenes, which are indeed impressive. 99-tonne diggers roll up at 22:00. each evening to replace the 22.5 metre wide centreline of the 3'300 metre long and 60 metre wide concrete runway with a multi-layered asphalt pavement. The areas used for flight operations must be cleaned, inspected and signed off by 06:30 at the latest, as the first plane comes in to land on runway 14/32 at 07:00.

Noise mitigation measures
The noisiest part of the work has usually been completed after about two hours. In addition, extensive noise mitigation measures keep the noise levels to a minimum. Flughafen Zürich AG measures the noise emissions in the neighbouring residential areas and submits the reports to the local authorities. No work is carried out overnight from Friday to Saturday and from Saturday to Sunday. Preparations for the main project in 2014 had already been carried out over the last two years. The construction work, which is already well advanced, is scheduled to continue until the middle of October 2014. If the work continues to make such good progress – partly thanks to the favourable weather conditions – the project may be completed even earlier.

Impressions of the construction site:
A technical film explaining the work being done (in German): Go to film
AirportTV video feature (in German) about night working on runway 14/32: Go to video

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