Luton airport has opened Taxiway Foxtrot, a second new taxiway planned as part of its £160 million transformation programme, ahead of schedule. It also features what it claims is one of the largest remote de-icing facilities in Europe.

The 520m-long addition follows the completion of Taxiway Bravo, which opened in early 2018. The new taxiway will help the airport manage aircraft ground movements more efficiently and contribute to ongoing efforts to minimise delays.

Taxiway Foxtrot’s de-icing facility can de-ice up to seven planes at once and incorporates 600 metres of drainage to ensure that all de-icing liquid is captured and disposed of safely. This will help the airport to maintain on-time departures during exceptionally cold weather. Last year, CAA data revealed Luton, alongside Gatwick, were among the worst UK airports for flight delays in 2017.

Neil Thompson, operations director at the airport, said: “This new taxiway will enable us to efficiently manage the ever-increasing number of aircraft that use the airport. The de-icing facility will also help us to and our airline partners to deliver punctual departures year round, whatever the weather.”

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