Military Capabilities

Major repairs needed for Ascension Island runway

04 October 2017

A major project to repair the runway at Wideawake Airfield will not start until late next year after a temporary patch-up effort earlier this year failed to fix damage caused by intense usage by heavy aircraft heading to the Falkland Islands.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 3 October, UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon described the mid-Atlantic airbase as “a vital link” to the Falklands.

He said the problems were caused by what he termed a “hump” mid-way down the runway that had not been levelled properly when it was originally built by the US military in the Second World War.

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