jungle wrote:The principal reason it's not used is because it's too short for the main airlines at the airport. Only Aer Arann and Air SouthWest can use it. For prevailing winds, a North-South runway and an East-West runway are much of a muchness.
What's crucial with the short runway is that it's easily extendable to a considerable length, when the long runway can only really have a maximum of 400 feet or so added because of the fall off of the hill on either side.
When Aer Lingus used to run the Short 360s can recall landing on the East-west one many times coming in from the east. True its too small for most of the current craft.
Prevailing winds..... I would have thought they would but I stand corrected. Do know that even with the current north-south one, the pilots hate it in strong South Westerlies as they have to crab in her so to speak.
If they sell off any of it , just madness... closes their options... as at least even in crosswinds the larger/heavier craft are easier to handle and presumably its larger craft they should be cater for in the future.