This project, which was initiated by the National Enterprise for the Operations of Airports and Air Traffic Control (ENANA) in 2009, saw the Manuel Quarta Punza Airport’s airside infrastructure upgraded to boast a 2,300m long, 30m wide main runway, including 7.5m wide paved shoulders and two taxiways measuring 115m x 18m and 190m x 18m.
Aurecon was responsible for the construction supervision and project management of the rehabilitation and upgrading of the existing airside pavements, as well as the construction of a new stormwater drainage system.
The area to the north of the northern threshold was occupied by informal housing, which interfered with the designed extension of the runway, as well as people and aircraft safety operations.
To address the challenge that was posed by the informal housing, Aurecon recommended the use of starter extensions at both thresholds of the runway to increase the take-off run available without impacting on the populated area to the north of the runway.
The starter extension method provides an area before a runway threshold for the initial ground roll of an aircraft, thereby increasing the take-off run available by allowing aircraft to start their take-off run before crossing the threshold.
The new airport now has a 4,600m2 terminal facility, as well as a fully refurbished navigation tower with modern equipment. The upgraded airport can now handle operations by aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 737-700.