BreninTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2451 times:
According to a local newspaper, the northern runway at TPE is scheduled to be reopened next week. It was closed for three months for strengthening.
The southern runway will be closed (likely after Chinese New Year) for rebuilding. Once the southern runway is rebuilt, the northern runway will be closed for rebuilding as well -- now why they didn't just rebuild the first one from the beginning I have no idea.
christao17 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2406 times:
The article says that this was a "preliminary rehabilitation" of the northern runway and that it ran a month longer than scheduled. I would imagine that if they had tried to do the entire rebuild, it wouldn't have been done in time for the peak travel that will happen in January, a combination of Taiwan's presidential elections and (a relatively early) Chinese New Year.
Perhaps the northern runway was in such poor shape that starting with the southern runway after CNY and waiting until after that was finished to do the northern runway, just wasn't an option?
BreninTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
It's possible Chris ...
I guess that by the time the government finally allocated the funds, there simply wasn't time to do a complete rebuild before the rush season, so they had to do a preliminary upgrade, with a complete rebuild later (which undoubtedly costs more).
From what I've read, the southern runway has been disintegrating badly with it being the sole runway available and has required frequent patching.
Eitherway, this is long overdue -- both runways are well past their design life and urgently in need of replacing.
Doesn't help that the original contractor went bust in the middle of the refurb either!
CX Flyboy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2276 times:
runway 05R/23L is in pretty bad shape. Rolling down that runway is a teeth jittering experience, especially in a lighter aircraft where everything rattles around anyway. It really does need a lot of work, as do some of the taxiways.