At night, the runway sweepers clear debris from the runway
As night falls and most people are preparing to head home, the engineers at Changi are just getting ready to use the quiet of night to prepare the runway for the next day’s operations. This takes place from midnight to 6am. Upon approval, the Airfield Ground Lighting team enters the runway to ensure the lighting systems along the runways and taxiways work smoothly. This involves inspecting runway and taxiway light fittings and checking aircraft pavement paint markings at taxiways and runways.
Once maintenance and inspection of the runway are completed, another team from CTM operates two sweepers to clear debris from the runway.
“We constantly adopt new innovations and practices in our work to deliver quality performance to our clients,” said Mr Lim Jo Hann, Senior Vice President of Operations at CTM. “Given the operational complexity of the airport, this is no easy task. However, our team will continue to commit our best to keep the airport clean 24/7.”
Finally, as dawn breaks and passengers start their journeys, the cycle repeats. For the 50,000-strong airport community at Changi, this signifies the start of a new day and time to catch a break before they jump into the action all over again, at the airport that never sleeps.