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Runway Passageways/Tunnels

Sun Nov 05, 2000 3:56 am

Do you guys remember the movie "Die Hard II" where the hero (Bruce Willis) was fighting the bad guys at an airport? In the movie, he found a map of underground tunnels from the Maintenance/Security guy and he was able to get out to the runway and pop open a steel grate in the center of the active runway.

My question is, do airports really have underground access tunnels like that, leading to all the runways? Or is that another case of Hollywood Fiction?

I loved the movie - obviously the part where he had a fist-fight with the bad guy on the wing of a 747 while on a takeoff roll or taxi in the snow at night was great Hollywood Fiction!!!!
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RE: Runway Passageways/Tunnels

Sun Nov 05, 2000 4:30 am

Heathrow has a cargo tunnel which takes you from the the Central Terminal area to the the Cargo Centre by Terminal 4 this is only for LHR workers. The only access to the Central Terminals 1,2 and 3 is through a two lane either way tunnel which goes under 9L/27R. Which can get jammed early mornings.

RE: Runway Passageways/Tunnels

Sun Nov 05, 2000 8:39 am

Also ZRH soon will have it's tunnel wich is partially done to connect the main building to the Midfield wich is under construction in the midle of the runways!
There will be one for passenger and one for cargo and maintenance!
Works should be finished by fall 2002

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RE: Runway Passageways/Tunnels

Sun Nov 05, 2000 8:41 am

YYZ has two tunnels connecting the middle of the airport between two runways to the rest of the world
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