Renovation of runway 07L/25R at Brussels Airport has been completed on schedule.
The contractors worked day and night, 7 days a week, to limit the duration of the runway closure and the impact of these works. Because of the corona crisis, this happened in a period with much less air traffic than usual. The thorough renovation of this runway was necessary to guarantee the safety of air traffic in the future.
Thanks to good preparation together with all stakeholders, the hard work of all contractors and the favourable weather conditions at the right moment, the works have finished on schedule. In total, more than 100,000 hours of work were performed in 6 weeks by around 400 people per day. In total, about 1000 people have worked on this project. Thanks to this renovation, the life span of the runway is extended by at least 15 years.
The work carried out on the runway was very extensive. The top layers of asphalt were milled and replaced over almost the entire surface of the runway (3.3km by 60m). The lighting system of the runway, including all cabling, was replaced. In places where this was not yet the case, the lighting was replaced by energy efficient LED lighting. The drainage system was also renovated with new channel drains and sewage pipes.
Other works were also carried out on the cabling of the data network and the airfield light poles, as well as lawn repairs.
The renovation works on runway 07L/25R at Brussels Airport and the final tests were completed today 23rd August at 6 am, and the runway has now been taken into use again.