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Saturday 17 March 2018

Flight ban speeds up Dublin runway repairs

Even volcanic ash clouds have a silver lining, with Dublin Airport predicting today that essential runway maintenance will 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 across northern Europe.

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 slab replacement 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 later this week.

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.

The repair work is being carried out under routine maintenance of the runways at the airport, according to the DAA.

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