Work underway to improve Goodwood Aerodrome runways

A large project to improve Goodwood's aerodrome runways is underway.

Aerodrome works machinery. Pic by Goodwood
Aerodrome works machinery. Pic by Goodwood

Major drainage work has begun to insure the grass runways are less affected by adverse weather and to create a smoother runway surface.

Phase one of the project started in January and the regraded runways are scheduled to reopen fully in July.

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Goodwood aerodrome general manager, Dave Ford, said: “We are extremely fortunate and appreciative of being in a position to invest in the aerodrome facilities here at Goodwood.

“The works are progressing very well at the moment and we are hopeful that they will be completed on schedule.

“The runway improvements will be a huge benefit to our customers – both those who base their aircraft here and those who come and enjoy our experiences – as well as visiting pilots and crews from elsewhere in the south.

“It is important for us to maintain the heritage of this historic aerodrome and the works are being done in a sensitive manner, in order to preserve the asset that we have and ensure its sustainability for the future.”

A spokesperson for Goodwood said that during the works, the aerodrome has been reduced from three to one runway, but disruptions to operations have been kept to a minimum.

A further two phases of development are required to complete the overall project, which is set to take place over the next two years, according to Goodwood.

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