Work to resurface the runways at RAF Lossiemouth is progressing with the return of aircraft to the Moray station, say the Royal Air Force.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) awarded a £75 million contract for the airfield operating surfaces project to VolkerFitzpatrick in August 2019.
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“For most of the work, which started in May, aircraft continued to operate from RAF Lossiemouth. However, a short period of relocation was needed while the intersection between the station’s two runways was resurfaced. This started in August and saw the RAF’s new P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft being delivered to nearby Kinloss Barracks and operating from there. RAF Lossiemouth’s Typhoons also operated from Kinloss Barracks as well as Leuchars Station.
Works continued night and day, seven days a week to allow the aircraft and their crews to return to RAF Lossiemouth as soon as possible. As a Defence Critical project, work also continued despite the difficulties presented by coronavirus, with various safety measures taken to make the site COVID-19 secure.”
The first aircraft to land and use the newly-resurfaced intersection was a Typhoon returning from a training sortie on Exercise JOINT WARRIOR, having taken off from Leuchars Station.
The return of the Typhoons will shortly be followed by the P-8A Maritime Patrol Aircraft.
Work on the remainder of the airfield operating surfaces continues and is expected to be completed next spring, say the RAF in a news release.