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Tampere-Pirkkala Airport to close for a month

The airport will get the most extensive modernisation in its history, including runway reconstruction.

Finland’s Tampere-Pirkkala Airport will soon shut down for a month in a development project that aims to boost capacity and ensure safe traffic as the volume of flights continues to grow.

The airside area is gradually being renewed and expanded and airport operator Finavia says it has planned that the work disturb air traffic as little as possible.

Runway paving work will take place during what the operator says is the least busy time for air traffic – from July 17 to August 12, to open up again on August 13 “with planes ascending and descending on the brand new runway”, as Finavia puts it.

The arrival of construction machinery and trucks on the Tampere-Pirkkala Airport taxiway and apron started in early March, starting the modernisation and expansion of the air traffic areas.

“The gradual implementation of the project allows us to keep the airport operational for as long as possible,” Tampere-Pirkkala Airport Director Mari Nurminen said at the time.

50 football pitches
In late April, the runway was shortened by 600 metres and the instrument landing system was decommissioned, but air traffic operated as usual.

“The runway, taxiways and apron need resurfacing, as it has been 15 years since this was last done,” Nurminen said.

“Additionally, two 4,000 square metre turning areas for aircraft will be constructed, one at each end of the runway, a new 150-metre-long taxiway laid on the runway and the apron expanded by 22,000 square metres.”

In total, 330,000 square meters of tarmac, equal to the surface area of 50 football pitches, will be laid in the air traffic area. Jointly with the modernisation, the lighting at the airport will also be improved. Overall it is the most extensive modernisation in the airport’s history.

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