Phuket is one of the most important tourist destination in Thailand. In 2002, the runway of the International Airport with its more than 100,000 passengers per year needed urgent improvement.
As it was not possible to close the airport during rehabilitation works, the works had to be carried out at night, from 11.00pm until 6.00am. This was a challenge to the paving crew; each night, approximately 1,000m2 of Polyfelt PGM were installed within 2 to 3 hours, followed by the installation of the new wearing course. Works had to be finished at 6.00am latest to allow the first flight schedule begin at 8.30am each morning.
Along the entire high impact center line of the runway, the old asphalt concrete surface had to be milled to a depth of 10cm before installing Polyfelt PGM-G 50/50, followed by a leveling layer. Finally another layer of Polyfelt PGM-G was applied over the whole width, covered by two layers of asphalt concrete, each 50mm thick.