During the summer of 2013, Billings Logan International Airport will close its main runway on six consecutive weekends for routine runway maintenance. Travelers are encouraged to begin planning early for themselves and their guests in order to avoid the selected blackout dates.
On the dates listed below, the runway will close at 9 a.m. each Friday morning and reopen at 6 p.m. each Sunday evening. This timeframe will allow the early Friday morning flights and later Sunday evening flights to occur as usual. The closure dates are as follows:
July 12 – 14
July 19 – 21
July 26 – 28
August 2 – 4
August 9 – 11
August 16 – 18
What you need to know:
- Every 10-15 years it is required that the airport resurface their runway: ours is at the 14 year mark and it’s crucial for safety reasons
- The airport did their due diligence to determine the best time for the closure that would impact the least amount of passengers (even meeting with the hotel association)
- The work must be done during warm weather periods so weekends in August were selected
- The airport will still have flights Friday morning and Sunday night. The time from the Friday morning flight to the Sunday evening flight will be used for runway resurfacing
Why is the runway being closed? And why on those dates?
The runway is required to be resurfaced, on average, every 15 years. While considering this project, the staff at the Airport held several meetings with the engineering staff and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine the least disruptive time frame, taking into account weather conditions and travel numbers. Historically, weekends are the lightest travel and cargo days for commercial airlines at the Billings airport. And, although unpredictable, historic weather data for the selected dates shows temperatures conducive for asphalt work and the least amount of rain. Additionally, the dates selected allow air service to be sustained during the workweek and heavier travel days, as opposed to an extended two or three week continual closure.
Has this been done before?
The last time the runway was rehabilitated was in 1998.
Other improvements being made during this project:
In addition to removing and replacing the surface asphalt, the runway project includes removing and replacing 160 edge lights/transformers and runway sigange. Final completion of the construction involved grooving the runway surface which will take several weeks, but will be done at night to avoid further disruption.
If you have questions or would like more information, please call Airport Officials at 406.657.8495 or log on to www.FlyBillings.com