The first aircraft to take off from the new concrete was an Emirates Boeing B777-300 type aircraft departing to Dubai. The handover of Runway 1 was made urgent by the need to meet the demand of increased traffic during the summer peak more safely and more comfortably.
The concrete pavement of Runway 1 had to be replaced on an area of five football fields combined, on a length of 1,400 m in total. In the course of 110 days of refurbishment works, no less than 8,500 m3 of concrete and close to 300 km of electric cables were laid. The manholes connected with the runway were refurbished too.