A $5.3 million project to upgrade Dunedin International
Airport's deteriorating runway is scheduled to begin early
Work, which would begin on February 8, was brought forward
due to the accelerated deterioration of the asphalt pavement,
airport chief executive John McCall said.
''We need to refurbish that pavement on top, just like you do
on a road from time to time.''
As a result of favourable exchange rates, locking in bitumen
prices and not having to complete this year's scheduled
maintenance due to the overlaying work, a saving of $1.38
million had been found,Environmental conditions and aircraft
loadings meant Dunedin airport's runways required regular
maintenance, just like other airports. The project was
expected to be completed by March 23, and there were no plans
''at this time'' to extend the 1900m runway, Mr McCall said.
The airport will remain operational during the sealing