Runway, Taxiway and Apron Planned Maintenance

In early 2015, London City Airport was reliant on a high proportion of reactive maintenance on its runway, taxiways and aprons. Although the airport always maintained the pavements to a safe standard, this had on occasion meant that the runway had been forced to close temporarily to traffic in order that unplanned (or reactive) maintenance could be carried out.

The airport therefore engaged Fjøri to carry out more detailed quarterly inspections of all airside pavements and develop a series of planned maintenance interventions. The pavement inspections resulted in over 2,000 defects being monitored for deterioration, and earmarked for replacement where necessary. The Fjøri staff has significant experience in airfield pavement inspection and repair and through regular detailed reporting on defects; this enabled the airport to move from a predominantly reactive maintenance basis to a much more planned maintenance environment.

There were no more runway closures and the airport operations were more robustly safeguarded.

Reference Details

Mr Charles Joubeily 
London City Airport 
City Aviation House 
Royal Docks 
London, E16 2PB

Key Project Details

  • The airport operates from only one runway, and therefore all works had to be designed and planned to be carried out at within nighttime and/or weekend closure in order that the runway and taxiways were available for operations during daytime
  • Fjøri performed quarterly runway inspections in order to create a comprehensive log of defects
  • Runway surface was maintained in a safe condition for aircraft by carrying out targeted bay replacement
  • During 2015 the airport moved from a position of reactive maintenance to planned maintenance on the runway and taxiways
  • Fjøri was responsible for the monitoring of over 2,000 defects across all pavements

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