Runway Extension Study 24 June 2004
The Isle of Man Government have approved
£1.5M to be spent preparing a detailed feasibility study and full planning
application for a circa 220 metre extension to the main runway at the Isle of Man Airport.
The project will entail designing a seaward extension to the main runway 08/26,
primarily to provide a longer Runway End Safety Area (RESA) which will meet
recommended International Standards. The extended RESA platform will also
provide a useful increase in useable runway length, to ensure that the Airport can continue to accept aircraft upto 200 seats
on 2000 n.mile European and Mediterranean destinations.
The design team for the project has been appointed, led by Burroughs Stewart
Associates as Client Representative and Project Manager; TPS Consult as Engineer
and Design Team Leader; EC Harris as Cost Advisor and Manager; and Aviation
International Marketing (AIM) for marketing analysis. Environmental, and
Planning Consultants will complete the team.
The project timescale envisages obtaining planning consent by 2006.
Airport Director, Philip Pain, commented:
"We meet existing minimum standards for RESA length, but the new recommended
standards mean that we either have to extend out to sea, or shorten our existing
declared runway distances which would badly affect existing traffic. The Isle of Man Government has, in approving the fees for
this project, recognised the importance of ensuring that we provide a safe
Airport to operate from, catering for future aircraft types and facilitating
expected growth in traffic.
This will be a challenging project to design, given the exposed coastal
location, the need to import strategic materials, construct in the tidal zone,
and keep the existing runway fully operational throughout. There are sensitive
environmental and archaeological issues to be addressed, and an important
coastal footpath to be maintained.
Above all, we will need to be satisfied that the business case for this project
represents best value for money, as the Airport is
required to be financially self-sufficient and there are no external grants or
aid available towards the cost.”
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