UK sends engineer team to repair Ascension Island runway

23 April 2017

A team of UK Royal Engineers have been despatched to Wideawake Airfield on Ascension Island in the central Atlantic Ocean to repair "significant issues" with its runway.

The runway, which is a key staging post for the UK's strategic air bridge to Mount Pleasant Airfield on the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, should be repaired in a "couple of weeks", a senior Royal Air Force (RAF) source told Jane's.

Earlier in April, a Royal Engineer inspection team travelled to Ascension Island to assess what repairs were required. According to media reports, "pot holes" had appeared in the runway.

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