by Ulf Jahnke
Winter services at airport with own large equipment
Runway cleared of snow and ice in very short time
(Kiel, 13th February 2018) Operations run smoothly at the airport Kiel-Holtenau also in winter. The airport owns diverse snow removal equipment so that the runway and other flight operation areas could be cleared of snow and ice within a very short time. Michael Schlaeger, Technical Manager Airport Operations: “Already 50 minutes after the quite intense snow showers, flight operations could be resumed.” After heavy snow showers had passed the city, the airfield was covered by 4cm of snow. After immediate clearance of the runway, flight operations could be resumed immediately and the first flight took off. Kiel Airport is equipped with several snow removal devices so that the runway and other flight operation areas can be cleared of snow within a very short time. This is done by vehicles that are different to those on the streets. These so-called snow sweepers are dragged by a vehicle with a snow blade. They have a steel brush and a strong fan so that even smallest snow and ice remnants can be eliminated from the surface.
Winter services at the airport: