Like many of the roads in Eastern Maine, the runways at the Bangor International Airport need to be repaired every few years. While weather certainly plays its role in the pavement's destruction, the fact that Bangor Airport has such a long runway, and the ability to handle planes of any size, means the wear and tear to the runways gets to be pretty significant.

"You want the runway to be nice and smooth. You don't want any bumps." says Marketing and Business Development Manager for Bangor International Airport, Aimee Thibodeau.

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Airport management has been working on a plan to grind down the pavement and replace it completely, for quite some time now. Thibodeau says everything finally came together recently, with management being able to coordinate the contractors and make sure that they had the materials to do the work on hand.

Bangor International Airport will shut down its operation for a total of two days to complete the repairs. So, after the 5AM flight from Bangor to Chicago takes off Monday October 4th, no other flights will be taking off or landing from B.I.A. on the 4th or the 5th, according to Thibodeau.

"This is the fastest and most efficient way to do this."

Lifeflight of Maine, Bangor's critical care transportation service, will still be able to take off and land it's helicopter. But even the Air National guard, which shares the runway at Bangor International Airport, will be halting it's air traffic to ensure the repairs can be done.

Those who had previously booked flights out or in to the Bangor Airport should have been contacted by their airline carriers, who would have already made other accommodations for air travelers.

Air traffic will resume at B.I.A on Wednesday October 6th.

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