Just spotting that I've got the runways fighting each other
...it should, of course, read dual
. Can't blame that on the spell checker...have to blame the carbon unit instead.
It's more a case of it being needed Monday to Friday for the peak periods (some 55 to 65 movements an hour are handled then); at weekends, it can seem a bit strange that there are duel operations with relatively little traffic around. My last visit (6th July) saw an average of 32 movements an hour during the 7 hours I was there. No doubt there's a logical reason for both runways to be opened at the weekend (perhaps allowing additional ground control training?).
With a forecast doubling of passenger numbers, I'm glad the runway is already down now. All that's needed is for T2 & T3 to be fully expanded (present terminal capacity is around the 23.5 million mark) in readiness for the extra traffic that may come.