Runway upgrade at UK regional airport

A regional airport in the UK is temporarily closed at weekends while its runway gets a new surface.

The East Midlands Airport, in Leicestershire, will shut its 9,500 foot runway for 48 hours from Saturday evening to Monday night each weekend until December 19 2016.

The work will also include the fitting of LED lighting along the runway.

East Midlands Airport lies between the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester.

It mainly serves the English counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire.

Once known as Castle Donington Airfield – a decommissioned air force base – East Midlands Airport now handles 4.5 million passengers a year and is used by the likes of Ryanair, Flyby and Jet2.

Main image courtesy Crossley and Airplane Pictures

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