The Government has confirmed that an operation to lift a huge pile of rubbish onto the airport is in progress.
It’s expected to take two weeks, but has been delayed by the high winds and heavy rain that hit the region on Friday and Saturday.
On Saturday, the airport was evacuated and reopened to public after being closed for two days.
The operation will involve lifting more than 100 tonnes of rubbish off the runway, with a total weight of about 6.8 tonnes.
One worker said the operation would take about three days, and it would take at least a week for the aircraft to arrive.
“It’s a very heavy operation,” he said.
More than 1,500 workers were working in the project, with another 500 on standby to assist.
Aerial lift operations are often used to dump large amounts of rubbish on an airport to remove it from the runway.
But the Government said the amount of rubbish needed to be lifted would be less than 1 per cent of the total airport capacity.
Flights have been delayed and some passengers were forced to wait outside the airport, as workers struggled to remove the material.
However, some airport staff are optimistic about the project.
Director of operations for the Airport Commission Paul Kastel said he was not concerned about the operation, and the amount involved would be much smaller than that required to lift more than 20,000 tonnes.
“We are going to get it done as quickly as possible,” he told 7.30.
Mr Kastell said it was hoped that the operation could be completed within the next three to four weeks.
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