At officially 17.10pm on the 7th of January, many flights coming in and out of Aberdeen Airport were cancelled do to a hole created on the runway which was apparently caused by the constant rain over the last few weeks. The only planes which were still allowed access were the smaller vehicles which needed less runway length to take off and land, therefore allowing the landing strip to be shortened. Unfortunately the adverse weather and its effects to the airport’s facilities meant that 20 people were forced to sleep at the London Luton overnight and taxi drivers were forced to turn back to the airport when attempting to complete trips for passengers away from the airport itself.
An Aberdeen airport spokesperson said: “The Airport would like to apologise to all passengers who have been impacted, and thank them for their patience and understanding in this unprecedented weather situation”
It was reported that as of the 8th of January the runway was repaired and a daylight inspection was the last precaution taken before the strip was re-opened. Repair teams worked throughout the night to repair the tarmac that was claimed to have eroded by the constant rain over the past few weeks. The bad weather also had an impact on other forms of transport in the area, as 25 major roads within the Aberdeen region were stuck with disruption, closures and restrictions. Furthermore, many northbound to Inverness and southbound services between Aberdeen and Dundee were experiencing cancellations and replacement bus services over the evening of the 7th.
A swift improvement service means that the runway is now fully operational, and permanent repair adjustment means that the problem has been fully fixed. The airport also went on to say “The Airport would like to apologise to all passengers who have been impacted, and thank them for their patience and understanding.”