2007-09-09 - Dresden new runwayDresden opens new runway
Neue Bahn für Flughafen Dresden<br /> Dresden officially opened its fully renovated and extended runway in the presence of some 500 guests from the worlds of politics and business.
The new runway has been extended to 2,850 metres in length. It is the first ever European airport to have rebuilt its runway while remaining operational. The building work was completed in just 13 months. With its new runway Dresden Airport is now more efficient than ever before. Aircraft of any size up to the Boeing 767 can now take off with no runway length-related payload or range restrictions. The airport's profile as a medium-haul airport with a single runway will not change. The capacity of the runway, which is measured by the maximum number of flight movements per hour, remains at 30. The old worn runway will be demolished and grassed over at night between now and the end of the year. The new longer runway will also benefit Dresden Airport-based EADS Elbe Flugzeugwerke, who convert Airbus passenger aircraft into freighters. In the future larger aircraft such as the A330 or the A340 will be able to land in Dresden and after conversion return non-stop to their owners in destinations such as South-East Asia.
The new concrete runway is designed to have a service life of at least 30 years. As it has a width of only 60 metres compared with the previous 80, it will be possible to return some ground to nature. As the runway has been relocated 70 metres to the north-west, Dresden Airport will become much more flexible in operational terms. In the past some stands were not available for use by large aircraft because the tailplanes projected into so-called obstacle clearance areas. In addition, approaches can now be made towards the south-west in poor weather. In the past approaches to the airport could only be guaranteed in the other direction in these conditions because the facades of the terminal and one of the aviation industry hangars reflected radar beams too strongly.
Construction of the new runway is costing approximately Euro 52 million, including the demolition of the old one. It is being financed by the shareholders of Flughafen Dresden GmbH: Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, the Free State of Saxony and the Meissen and Kamenz administrative districts. Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG is in turn owned by the federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt along with the cities of Dresden, Halle (Saale) and Leipzig.