The 2nd runway to be built in Chisinau Airport by May 2018
At the Monday press conference, Petr Jardan, Director General of Avia-Invest, the company managing the airport, said the building works were in progress and on March 27 the first layer of concrete is to be laid. The 2,400- meter-long and 45-meter-wide runway has been built from scratch instead of the old runway, which, in part, is being used as a run-off strip. The project has been estimated at EUR 15 million - 17 million. The decision to build one more runway has been taken as there has been the need to prolong the major runway and to broaden it from 45 to 60 metres. . In 2016 the first 1,000- meter- long segment of the major runway was put into operation. But to reconstruct the central part of it, the workers would have worked at nights, covering a 15-meter segment a night. In this case, the operation of the airport would have been suspended for 10 to 12 hours a day or even longer. Moreover, workers would have had to use fast-curing concrete for the night reconstruction, which is much more expensive than concrete used for works. Besides, the law in force does not provide any formalities for putting into service the segments laid overnight. After the second runway is open in May 2018, the reconstruction of the first one will start again, with the works to be completed by late 2018-early 2019. Starting from 2019, there will be two runways at the airport, which will be used by turns. According to Petr Jardan, Avia-Invest has invested in the reconstruction of the airport EUR 57 million, of which more than 60% has been provided by the investor, with the rest of the money being the company’s operating profits. Head of the Civil Aviation Office of Moldova Radu Bezniuc said Moldova’s aviation authorities were committed to ensuring safe flights and from that point of view, building one more runway had become the best solution. The building works of the 2nd runway have been examined for more than 6 months and international experts and the plant producing Airbuses have already offered their recommendations. Having two runways strengthens competitiveness of any airport, which can attract more airlines and more passengers, Radu Bezniuc said. // 20.03.2017 — InfoMarket.