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Runway repair work set to take 4 months

FOUR months of repairs and renovations has begun on one of the two runways at Hongqiao International Airport, local construction and traffic authorities said yesterday.

The runway, which dates from 1964, will be closed from 1am to 8am during the work period, officials said.

Officials said disruptions would be minimal as no flights are scheduled between 12am to 6am.

Flights during the day will not be affected, the city airport authority insisted.

Delayed flights arriving after 1am will go to Shanghai's other international airport, Pudong International Airport, which has three runways.

The 88.94 million yuan (US$13.76 million) project, that includes surface reinforcement, laying bitumen and navigation light adjustment, is expected to be complete by mid-November.

There was one runway at the Hongqiao airport until last year, when a second runway and a new terminal opened.

Previous runway repair work there took place in 1991, 1998 and 2005.

Last year, the airport authority discovered potential safety hazards, including cracks and subsidence.

Hongqiao airport handled more than 30 million air travelers last year.

Meanwhile, Shanghai Tunnel Co yesterday said work on a shortcut road tunnel that will connect the two terminals at the Hongqiao airport will be finished by September.


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