The Airport of Debrecen is to close for an entire week at the beginning of October, the airport’s director told MTI, the Hungarian News Agency. Between 3 and 9 October, it will not be able to receive flights. Only flights of the Hungarian air ambulance service may be able to land and take off in case of emergency.
The runway suffered damages
According to airportal.hu, the Airport of Debrecen will close in October because of the reparation of its runway. János Vajda, the airport’s director, said that the closure concerns all flights of Wizz Air, Lufthansa and Aeroexpress.
He reminded that the airport’s owner, the local government of Debrecen, carried out significant developments in the last few months in the framework of the government’s Modern Cities Program (Modern Városok Program). Those works involved the building, the runway, the roads, the lighting and the airport’s fence.
However, because of the ongoing war in Ukraine, the airstrip received extra exposure. Military planes took off and landed, humanitarian flights also generated a strong traffic in Debrecen. Therefore, multiple sections of the runway suffered damage.
Therefore, they agreed with the owners to replace some concrete elements of the runway for safety reasons. As a result, they have to close the airport between 3 and 9 October and cannot welcome any planes during that time.
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Source: airportal.hu, turizmus.com
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