11 NOVEMBER 2019
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A second new taxiway has been opened at Luton Airport as part of its £160m transformation programme. Taxiway Foxtrot follows Taxiway Bravo, which opened in early 2018.
Officials say the new construction, 520m long, will help the airport to manage aircraft ground movements more efficiently and contribute to ongoing efforts to minimise delays.
Taxiway Foxtrot required 6,000m3 of concrete and 110,000hr to complete. It has 9km of electric cables connecting its 150 LED lights and also includes one of the largest remote de-icing facilities in Europe.
This can de-ice up to seven aircraft at once and incorporates 600m of drainage to ensure all de-icing liquid is captured and disposed of safely to help the airport to maintain on-time departures during exceptionally cold weather.
Work on Taxiway Foxtrot began in January this year, and it was completed in August. The project was carried out by local construction firm Ryebridge and managed by consultancy Turner & Townsend.
LTN operations director Neil Thompson said: “The new taxiway will enable us to manage our ever-increasing number of aircraft efficiently and the de-icing facility will help us and our airline partners to deliver punctual departures year round, whatever the weather.”
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