The intensive approach, a first for the UK, involved a team of 350 workers replacing 50,000 tonnes of asphalt over the course of 336 hours.
If laid a metre thick, it would cover 4.5 rugby pitches.
Runway refurbishments are normally carried out over a six month period involving nightly closures of around six hours, but East Midlands didn't want to do it this way because of the disruption it would cause to DHL and other companies operating nightly freighters into the gateway.
The £14.8 million project also involved the removal and replacement of 1,200 runway lights on the 2.8km long by 46m wide runway, which was last refurbished in 1999.
The rehabilitation project was carried out by Galliford Try, which says that runways typically have a natural lifespan of around 15-20 years.
Its aviation director, Colin Abbott, says: “This very concentrated approach to runway refurbishment has never previously been undertaken in the UK and could provide a blueprint for other airports in the future.”
Discussing the East Midlands Airport project, he notes: “We began client, stakeholder and subcontractor collaboration over a year ago on an ECI basis, soon after we secured a place on the Manchester Airport Group capital delivery framework.
"Our top priorities were safety, the de-risking of the project and planning for every contingency.”