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Work has commenced this week on a new taxiway at Manchester Airport which the airport says will help to make operations more efficient as part of its £1bn transformation programme.

The building of ‘Taxiway Delta Echo’, as the new taxiway will be called, is the start of the reconfiguration of the airfield at the UK’s third largest airport to help feed the redeveloped Terminal 2.

The works will see 80,000m2 of new taxiway and apron, 40,000m3 of concrete poured and sixteen miles of cabling installed with the aim of all excavated material being diverted from landfill throughout. The work is due to be completed by July 2020.

Once complete, it will improve aircraft access to the new terminal, leading to reduced taxi times and cutting the amount of fuel they burn.

The works will be the biggest changes to the airfield since Runway 2 came into operation in 2001.

Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said: “It’s great to see the start of work for the reconfiguration of our taxiways, which will help to unlock the airfield capacity that will allow the airport to continue to grow.

“It’s another exciting milestone alongside the works already happening on the terminal building.  Our airline customers will see taxi times reduced which will ultimately improve the experience for our 28 million passengers.”

Work on the £1bn transformation programme continues at pace, with the redeveloped terminal building set to open in 2020. For more information please visit: www.mantp.co.uk

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