Runway extension Groningen Airport Eelde

 

Intro

On April 24 2013, the runway extension and new platform of Groningen Airport Eelde were completed. The airport re-opened at 06:30 in the morning following a 2 week closure, during which a large workforce worked around the clock to meet the above mentioned deadline. On this page, I’m sharing my photos, videos and other things I collected during the entire process. For many images, this will be the first time that they’re posted in public. Enjoy!

 

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Work in progress

 

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The old-school way

A short clip taken with my phone. You can see the workers trying to break the old concrete apron in a pretty low-tech manner. But don’t be fooled like I was, it’s extremely effective!

 

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What, how and where

A 15-minute video clip of what went on behind the scenes, explaining the process, what materials were used and how, interviews and more!
(English subtitles provided)

 

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Timelapse

In addition to going out often to take photos of the progress, one of my colleagues and myself tried to go up to the tower balcony every day (we didn’t always succeed..) to take a daily photo of the then current situation. The idea was to make some sort of timelapse to be able to show the progress. The video directly below is the result of this:

 

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Panorama’s

Below you can also find some panoramic pictures. Every once in a while, I would go up to the tower balcony to make a 3-shot panoramic overview of the progress (click to view larger photo / opens in a new window):

09/10/2012
Pano-Part-1

01/11/2012
Pano-Part-2

12/11/2012
Pano-Part-3

28/11/2012
Pano-Part-6

06/12/2012
Pano-Part-7

08/01/2013
Pano-Part-8

21/02/2013
Pano-Part-9

04/03/2013
Pano-Part-10

12/03/2013
Pano-Part-11

15/04/2013

Pano-Part-12

23/04/2013
Pano-Part-13

 

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An aerial view

Once all construction was complete, I set out on a photo flight on the day of the re-opening. The results:

 

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Interesting findings

When you have excavation works going on, you’re bound to find some interesting things that are hidden in the ground. In our case, we found an old machine gun and a WWII bomb.

 

A short clip of the detonation of the WWII bomb

 

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Eventually, after all the construction was completed, it was time to re-open. The chosen date was april 24, 2013 and Corendon Airlines (Turkey) had the honors of being the first commercial airline to use the new airport layout. A studio was built in one of the hangars at the airport and several interviews were held and various footage was shown, including live links from the studio to a reporter outside.
(sorry, in Dutch only)

 

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