North Runway Repair Work: Construction work begins in Schönefeld

06.05.15 18:11

The repair work on the runway at Schönefeld Airport, which will later become the North Runway of BER Airport, started today. Dr Karsten Mühlenfeld, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH; Rainer Bretschneider, Officiating Supervisory Board Chairperson of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH, and Jörg Rösler, member of the STRABAG AG Management Board; gave the official signal to start work in Schönefeld today. The construction work for the repair of the North Runway is scheduled to be completed by 24 October 2015.
Dr Karsten Mühlenfeld, CEO of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “We are starting the repair work on the North Runway today. This is an important step to ensure that we will be able to operate two functional runways at BER Airport after the opening. The schedule has been set. We intend to have completed the construction work by 24 October of this year.”
Rainer Bretschneider, Officiating Supervisory Board Chairperson of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH: “The Airport Company has steadily streamlined its operations over the past few months, and the start of the repair work on the North Runway as scheduled is just one example. BER is moving toward completion step by step. The entire Supervisory Board stands as one man behind the management in its efforts to ensure operational startup of BER in the second half of 2017.”
Jörg Rösler, Dipl.-Ing., member of the STRABAG AG Management Board: “We are proud to have this opportunity to build another important component of the new capital city airport. As was already the case during the construction of the taxiway connections and the extension of the apron and taxiway system, we will work closely with our experienced Berlin team, and together we will master all of the challenges of scheduling and technology — I am absolutely convinced of this.”

Construction work and scheduling

The repair work on the North Runway comprises four work packages:

  • The two uppermost asphalt layers (about 12 centimetres) will be planed off and relaid on 190,000 square metres. An anti-slip surface will then be applied to 220,000 square metres.
  • The safety areas surrounding the runway and the runway end safety areas (RESA) will be upgraded in their design to comply with the EASA standard analogously to the South Runway.
  • About 1,500 “light bulbs” for the approach lighting, the runway lighting and the taxiway lighting will be replaced as part of the North Runway repair work. The lighting systems on the runway and taxiways will be upgraded to the latest in LED technology.
  • The slotted channels on both sides of the North Runway will be demolished and rebuilt, sections of the rainwater lines will be repaired and parts of the wastewater line will be replaced.

A total of about 150 construction workers per day will be involved in the repair work on the North Runway. Initially, work will be done from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
The North Runway will be repaired during three construction phases moving from west to east. The construction material will be delivered primarily via the federal road B96a. The Airport Company will strive to minimise disturbances for the area residents and will issue special information bulletins whenever traffic is expected to reach higher levels. The Joint Superior Aviation Authority of Berlin-Brandenburg (LuBB) gave a green light for the runway repair work on 11 December 2014.

Information for area residents about the North Runway repair work

The Airport Company has set up an information centre for area residents which can be reached by email and phone for the duration of the construction work; airport neighbours can contact the centre to learn about the progress of the construction work and to report any disturbances from the noise.
Area resident information phone: +49 (0)30 | 6091-6091 Email: kontakt@anwohnerinfo-ber.de
In addition, the Airport Company will provide the latest information and answers to frequently asked questions about the construction project at the following link: 

Furthermore, area residents and interested persons will have the opportunity to utilise a new online service offered by the Airport Company right from the start of the North Runway repair work. Questions about Berlin Brandenburg Airport or general questions about air traffic in the region can be submitted on “Direkt zum BER”. All users can vote on the submitted questions. The questions receiving the most votes will be answered and published by the Airport Company. 

Information Chart

The link below will take you to an information chart regarding the repair work on the North Runway:

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