26 JUNE 2017


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Article from BTNews 26 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong copies Gatwick

Gatwick Airport has received an accolade with the announcement that Hong Kong is to copy its famous air bridge.

Last week Hong Kong’s Airport Authority unveiled plans to connect with a footbridge between Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse, removing the need for shuttle buses. At 28 metres above the ground, the sky bridge will be high enough to allow Airbus A380s and other aircraft to taxi underneath.  The 200-metre-long bridge will feature travellators, an observation deck and catering outlets in the towers on both sides.

First opened in May 2005 the Gatwick version is OK for Boeing 747s, but cannot take an Airbus A380.  The three times daily Emirates Dubai service uses gates not dependent on the bridge.

It is 194 metre long, 32m high, weighs 2,700 tonnes and saves round 55,000 transfer-bus journeys a year.  At the time of opening, the bridge linking Pier 6 to Gatwick's North Terminal was the largest in the world.



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