Schoenefeld: old runway demolished, final motorway section under construction

The north runway becomes history / All flight operations to use the south runway / Direct motorway access to Schoenefeld from May 2008
Brandenburg’s Infrastructure Minister, Reinhold Dellmann, today presented a symbolic drilling core from the old north runway to Berlin Airports’ CEO, Dr. Rainer Schwarz. The north runway was closed on 27 November 2007. Dellmann and Schwarz also toured the construction site for the new city motorway A113new. The 2700-metre north runway has been closed to make way for this last section of the Schoenefeld motorway, which will link the Berlin city motorway with the southern Berlin ring motorway and is scheduled for completion by May 2008.

“In May 2008 Schoenefeld moves even closer to Berlin,” said Dr. Rainer Schwarz, CEO of Berlin Airports. “Our passengers will be able to turn off the motorway and drive straight up to the terminal – we’re literally bringing the airport as close as possible! The new section of motorway shortens the drive from Kurfürstendamm in the city centre to the new BBI from 32 to 25 minutes. We are very pleased that the construction work on the south runway was completed to schedule, as this will enable us to get the final section of the motorway finished within our deadline in May 2008.”

“We would like to thank all the residents of Bohnsdorf for their patience and understanding for the temporary increase in noise due to aircraft taking off and landing on the north runway over the past few months,” continued Dr. Schwarz. “The final landing on this runway – an easyJet aircraft on 27 November 2007 at 22.05 hrs – means that after over 40 years this runway is finally history.”

Rapid exit taxiways for BBI completed

The temporary use of the north runway became necessary while work was carried out on the south runway, which is to become the new north runway at BBI. Four new access taxiways and four rapid exit taxiways have been built since the end of March 2007. After only eight months of construction, all the access taxiways have been completed to schedule. An impressive total of 90,000 tons of asphalt were laid over an area of 60,000 square meters. During the large-scale earthworks around 245,000 cubic metres of soil were removed and 90,000 cubic metres were laid.

Since 1 December 2007, all flight operations at Schoenefeld have used the south runway.

Spokesman Lars Wagner

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