From Realtà Mapei International n° 85 - 5/26/2021
Mapei technology deployed for the refurbishment of the runways, taxiways, and aprons.
To upgrade the paving at Tirana airport, Mapei supplied elastomeric polymers to produce polymer-modified bitumen. This enabled the bitumen to be produced in the quantities required, directly at the production plant, and to obtain binders with excellent elasticity and stability over time using normal, locally-sourced bitumen as the base material.
Airport paving is designed to provide adequate support for loads transmitted by aircrafts and, at the same time, to have a surface that is as solid and even as possible and resistant to wear.
Deterioration of paving on runways, entry and exit areas of runways, taxiways and aprons has become a major problem due to an increase in air traffic, ageing of materials and, in some cases, insufficient or poor maintenance.
The level of air traffic at Tirana International airport Nënë Tereza has increased considerably in recent years as a result of there being more connections with other European and non-European cities.
An increase of the number of aircrafts in circulation has led to an increase in the loads acting on the paving of the airport.
All this underpins the importance of carrying out periodical maintenance work to extend the service life of paving and to prevent the risk of surfaces losing their efficiency over the years.
UPGRADE AND REFURBISHMENT OF THE RUNWAYS AND TAXIING AREAS
Tirana International Airport (TIA) launched an important project called "Airfield 2020", which consists of refurbishing the runways and taxiing areas on the ground used by the aircrafts.
Apart from these areas, other work was carried out to partially restore the paving for the aprons used for disembarking and boarding passengers, loading and unloading goods, carrying out refuelling and parking and maintaining aircrafts.
THE AIRFIELD 2020 PROJECT
The "Airfield 2020" project was split into different phases. The first phase, which has now been completed, was the complete reconstruction of the paving for taxiways W and B, for a total length of 1.5 km and a width of 45 m, in compliance with international standards.
The first phase also included the complete refurbishment of certain areas of the bituminous conglomerate for the aprons.
The second phase of the project is a complete rebuild of the paving for the runways.