Work has commenced this week on a new taxiway at Manchester Airport 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 which 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.
The works, which are due to be completed by July 2020, will see the biggest changes being made 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 28m passengers."
Photo: (l-r) Andrew Cowan - CEO of Manchester Airport, Graham Mallett – Airfield Programme Manager, Jacobs, Chris Scoffield - Galliford Try Managing Director Infrastructure – Rail, Aviation & Environment.