Galliford Try has begun work on a £4.4M project to build more aircraft parking space at East Midlands Airport (EMA).
At present, a large concrete area at the M1 end of the airfield is being widened to allow for up to four more aircraft to be parked at any one time.
“As the UK’s premiere airport for dedicated cargo aircraft, EMA is improving its infrastructure so that aircraft can load and unload more efficiently at busy time,” an EMA spokesperson said.
Galliford Try has previously delivered infrastructure improvements at EMA, including a runway resurfacing project which took place two years ago.
EMA managing director Karen Smart said: “As the UK’s second largest cargo airport after Heathrow and the UK’s number one for dedicated air cargo traffic, we are an important national asset. Each year an estimated £50bn of UK imports and exports are handled at EMA, much of which is serviced by express operators who offer a ‘next-day’ service to destinations across the world.
“Because we make an important economic contribution to the UK, continued investment in our infrastructure is key to facilitate regional and national economic growth and the attractiveness of this region because of its global connectivity.”
Galliford Try aviation director Colin Abbott added: “We are delighted to work with East Midlands Airport on this key expansion project and to be further strengthening the collaborative relationship we have fostered with them through the delivery of many successful projects at the airport.
“Galliford Try has considerable experience of working in complex airport environments across the UK and we’re looking forward to delivering the expansion of the cargo facilities in the coming months.”
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