Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2013

An investment by CAP of Nafl. 5.4 million – Curaçao Airport Partners kicks off Airport Runway Renovation Project

Pic_Runway CUR_MillingWILLEMSTAD - Curaçao Airport Partners N.V. (CAP) has started an extensive runway renovation project on July 1, 2013 for the duration of six (6) weeks. This is the first phase of a 3 year program to completely rehabilitate the entire runway and taxiway system.  The entire project costs NAF 5.450.000 and is paid for in full by CAP who contracted Curacaosche Wegenbouw Maatschappij (CWM) to execute the work.

The runway is closed every evening between 11PM and 7AM for the duration of the project and normal scheduled traffic is not affected by this closure.

The runway renovation project includes the rejuvenation and resurfacing of large areas of the runway as well as remarking of the entire runway 11/29. Some interesting facts about this project are:

  • An amount of 6.300 tons of asphalt is taken out and the same amount of new asphalt is put in. This is the equivalent of 450 truckloads;
  • The lines that need to be marked on the runway accumulate to 13.000m2 of paint. This is almost the same area as 2 FIFA soccer fields painted in white;
  • The Runway of Curacao Airport is very strong and can support the heaviest aircraft in the world like the Boeing 747-800. Such aircraft have a weight of up to 440.000kg (or 220 average pick-ups) and this enormous weight presses on the runway on only 18 wheels.

Pic_Runway CUR_Convoy readyThe runway is Curacao’s lifeline and the upkeep is of vital importance. Taking into consideration the fact that the period at hand is also a very busy time due to vacations, extensive preparatory measures have been made in consultation with the airline partners, cargo operators, FOL and the Coastguard to minimize impact on flight operations.

‘The runway renovation commenced exactly at 11:00 PM on Friday, July 1, 2013 and we are expecting this important project to be completed on time’, said Ralph Blanchard, CEO CAP N.V.’ we appreciate the full cooperation of our valued airline partners, cargo handling companies, FOL and the Coastguard. We believe in the future growth of traffic and are investing heavily to maintain and upgrade our facilities accordingly.’

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