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20.03.2019

Building work along runway 10/28

In the next few weeks Zurich Airport will commence building work at various sites along runway 10/28. Some of these relate to the completion of the second fast taxiway, others to preparatory work for the refurbishment of runway 10/28 – which is scheduled for 2021.

The first of two new taxiways from runway 28 came on stream in December 2018. The second one, which is longer and heads south, is scheduled for completion in May 2019. Surfacing work on it will begin in the near future, and a few of the existing concrete slabs need to be replaced. Some of the work can take place during the day, but work on protected areas – to which access is prohibited during the airport’s operating hours – has to be carried out at night.

Preparations for the refurbishment of runway 10/28
As the refurbishment of runway 10/28 is scheduled for 2021, various preparatory tasks have to be done this year. To this end, existing apron operating areas along runway 10/28 will be dismantled between the end of March and approximately mid-October to enable new power cables to be laid and electricity-supply equipment to be installed. Because these are close to the runway, this work has to be carried out at night. Where taxiways intersect it will sometimes be very noisy. 

Reducing construction noise is key
Night work in the security area of runways and taxiways will take place after flight operations have ceased, i.e. between 23:30 and 05:00 from Sunday night until Friday morning: as a rule no work is carried out overnight from Friday to Saturday or from Saturday to Sunday. The airport operator and the companies carrying out the work are taking a series of measures to reduce construction noise to the maximum possible extent. Only state-of-the-art vehicles and machinery meeting the limits specified in the ordinance governing outdoor machinery noise will be used, and no construction machinery will be allowed to travel through residential areas. But for some of the work during the periods specified above, noise is inevitable. Flughafen Zürich AG asks for your understanding. 

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