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Friday 24 March 2017

DAA takes air ban opportunity to speed up repairs

Brian Hutton

EVEN volcanic ash clouds have a silver lining.

Dublin Airport last night predicted that essential runway maintenance would be completed quicker than expected because of the flight ban.

Airport workers had been restricted to working overnight shifts to replace slabs on the country's busiest runway until the Icelandic eruption paralysed air traffic.

But the grounding of all flights in and out of Ireland since the weekend has allowed teams to work throughout the day to complete repairs on Dublin Airport's main take-off and landing strip -- runway 10/28.

Siobhan Moore, of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), confirmed work expected to take weeks should now be completed in a fraction of that time.

"We are using the opportunity of a quiet runway to get it done during the daytime," she said.

Ms Moore said it was unlikely the entire maintenance project will be finished ahead of the expected lifting of the no-fly zone over Ireland.

But the completion date will be brought forward as a result of the daytime work.

Workers are expected to return to overnight 11pm to 5am shifts, when the runway is at its quietest, when flights get back to normal.

Irish Independent

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