Air­port’s air­field is cleared for an up­grade

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By DA­MON WILKIN­SON da­mon.wilkin­[email protected] @da­mon­wilkin­son6

MANCH­ESTER Air­port’s air­field is be­ing given its first ma­jor re­vamp in al­most 20 years.

Work on the £110m project is aimed at re­duc­ing de­lays and taxi­ing times – the jour­ney a plane makes be­fore take off and af­ter land­ing.

It’s part of a huge £1bn trans­for­ma­tion of the air­port which will see the new Ter­mi­nal Two build­ing – set to open in sum­mer 2020 – be­come its fo­cal point.

A dual taxi­way sys­tem – which will al­low two air­craft up to the size of a Boe­ing 787 to pass each other and im­prove ac­cess from the run­ways to the ter­mi­nal – is cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion.

To pre­pare for the in­tro­duc­tion of the new par­al­lel taxi­ways, which have been chris­tened ‘Echo’ and ‘Delta,’ a team of around 30 staff worked through the night to in­stall 50 new signs on five sec­tions of taxi­way, one run­way hold­ing po­si­tion and 11 in­ter­me­di­ate hold po­si­tions.

Sev­eral painted ground mark­ings were also al­tered, and changes were also made to the air­field light­ing and other con­trol soft­ware sys­tems.

It fol­lows the cre­ation of 11 new con­tact stands - the area where a pas­sen­ger bridge is con­nected to a plane – and three re­mote stands on Pier One of Ter­mi­nal Two that opened in April 2019.

Next year, 10 new re­mote air­craft stands will be cre­ated on the air­field’s western apron and taxi­way ‘Zulu’ will also be dou­bled in size.

Another six re­mote air­craft stands will be re­con­fig­ured and up­graded.

Rad Tay­lor, oper­a­tions di­rec­tor at Manch­ester Air­port, said: “The re-des­ig­na­tion of the taxi­ways is a ma­jor mile­stone for the works that are con­tin­u­ing out on the air­field.

“The changes will re­ally ben­e­fit pi­lots and air­field driv­ers as more of the pro­gramme comes on stream.

“Lots of progress has been made out on the air­field in terms of new stands and taxi­ways and with more to come it will help im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of the op­er­a­tion as our cen­tre of grav­ity shifts towards Ter­mi­nal Two.”

Work on the re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of Manch­ester Air­port’s air­field

The project is de­signed to re­duce de­lays and taxi­ing times

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