I am astonished to see that such a small airport like Hurghada needs two runways when even London Gatwick has only one!
Is this just a waste of taxpayers money or is there a reason why a lot of small airports with considerably low traffic have two runways?
Can you think of any other small airports that have two runways?
I would understand this if the runways were not in the same direction so that they could be used with different wind conditions, however building parallel runways seems pretty unnecessary to me.
What do you guys think?
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4361 times:
Good reasoning, TriStar500. Unlike us they seem to have the space for that anyway, not the money though.
Sammy123: Las Vegas is a very big airport with lots of traffic that really needs those four runways so I don't see anything wrong with it. I mean Dallas, Denver or O'Hare have even more runways, but they really use them.
But I'm talking about the really small airports with low traffic...
For me there is no point in building two parallel runways with one or two planes coming in every hour
Sabenaboy From Belgium, joined Feb 2001, 187 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4324 times:
Whenever traffic at an airport is busy enough to justify the construction of a parallel runway, then it also makes sense to build this "taxiway" wide and strong enough so that it can be used as a backup rwy in case the main runway has to be closed for some reason.
Hurghada rwy 34R is not normally used for takeoff and landing, but only for taxi. On the airport chart it is known as twy N. And a note on the chart says that it will be in use as rwy 34R when the main rwy is closed.
BTW: HRG can be very busy during the tourist season. If there are strong winds there, they always come from the north sector. No need for a crossing rwy in HRG for wind reasons!
The rwy is 3700 m long (Very useful in hot desert weather at maximum TOW!)And Hurghada is an emergency diversion airport for the space shuttle!
Not really what I would call a "small" airport.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 31
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4052 times:
Obviously traffic and demand is a major issue.
Another primary issue would be weather, and specifically, wind. When an airport is built and funded, at least in the US, wind studies are made to determine which direction an airports' runways would need to be built (orientation). As I recall, a 95% 'wind coverage' (winds above a certain speed) is needed for an airport runway system.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3980 times:
I believe Las Palmas has 2 parallel runways. However they do get quite a bit of traffic from Binter Canarias and Islas Airways, plus all the charters from Britain and Germany on selected days (British day is monday), so in a way it does need the second runway but not all the time.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3896 times:
Of course, having two runways that are NOT parallel is good if you have shifting winds. Here at KCLE we have our parallels on 6/24 heading, and the crosswind is 10/28 (used rarely; mostly in the winter during lake effect snow, during the occasional severe thunderstorm front coming off the lake in the summer, or when one of the parallels is closed for maintenance.)
We used to have a 18/26 runway but that was closed some time ago and has now been converted to deicing pads.