2007-07-15 - Leipzig new runwayLeipzig/Halle opens new runway
Ausbau des Flughafens Leipzig/Halle<br /> After a construction period of just two years, Leipzig/Halle Airport's 3,600 metre South Runway has been officially opened in the presence of about 600 representatives of politics, industry and the media.
The Central German airport now has a parallel runway system suitable for intercontinental traffic Opening of the parallel runway system
With the opening of the South Runway, Leipzig/Halle Airport will have two parallel 3,600 metre runways that can service all aircraft types including the Airbus A380 with no payload or range restrictions. The two runways have a separation distance of 2,120 metres, enabling them to be used independently. Like the North Runway, the South Runway has a Category IIIb All-Weather Landing System for both approach directions.
Adjoining the South Runway is a 53 hectare apron for cargo aircraft, which was also part of the expansion project and which will be used by Deutsche Post World Net express subsidiary DHL from this autumn. First parallel landing
The highlight of today's official opening was a landing by a DHL Boeing 757 and a Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 (the »Sachsen«) to inaugurate the parallel runway system. The airport shareholders have invested approximately Euro 290 million in the new South Runway, including taxiways. Another Euro 60 million has been spent on compliance, including extensive noise and environmental protection measures and land acquisition