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£3 Million Works Completed On Airport Apron 19 January 2007

A major improvement scheme incorporating the airport aircraft stands and taxiway has been completed ahead of schedule.

The £3 million project began at Isle of Man Airport in April 2005 and was scheduled for completion on January 31st, but was finished the weekend before Christmas.

The work involved extending both the east and west sides of the apron, some of the routing through the apron, replacing parts of the taxiway and installing new guidance lighting for aircraft. It has also extended the number of parking stands for aircraft from eight to fourteen.

Airport Director designate Ann Reynolds said:

‘You cannot improve facilities without going through a lot of upheaval and it has taken careful planning to release certain areas to be developed. Passengers will have noticed that we have had more bussing to do between the terminal and aircraft, as we have had to park the aircraft further away.’
‘We’d like to thank our passengers, the airlines and our business partners at the airport for bearing with us during this period. It has been a lot of hard work, including increased security points, but we thank everyone for their perseverance.’
‘Passengers will continue to see some work ongoing at the airport, which is our Departure Pier extension. This is scheduled to finish by May 13th, well ahead of the TT festival.’

Mrs Reynolds said:

‘The contractor for the scheme was the Department of Transport’s Works Division, who did a fantastic job and it was an excellent example of inter-departmental partnership.’

The Department’s Director of Works Clive Callister said:

‘I am very proud of the Works Division team. Our men have done a great job to get the apron finished ahead of programme despite the added safety and security constraints of working on an operating airfield.’

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