Manchester Airport has signed a contract with engineering company ADELTE to design, manufacture and install 11 new passenger boarding bridges as part of its £1 billion (€1.1bn) transformation programme.
The new boarding bridges will be installed by ADELTE in late 2018 and early 2019 as part of the first phase of the Manchester Airport Transformation Programme (MAN-TP).
The 11 boarding bridges that will be gradually installed will be Apron Drive models with glass sided tunnels. In addition to protecting passengers from exposure to the often inclement weather in the north of the UK, ADELTE’s advanced systems will allow for more efficient and rapid turnarounds at Pier 1 of Terminal 2.
MAN-TP is expected to provide millions of passengers and airlines with facilities that combine state-of-the-art services with excellent customer service. With the new development complete, the airport will be able to grow alongside a thriving northern economy to handle 45 million passengers a year, an increase of almost 20 million compared to today. The new terminal building is expected to be operational by 2020.
The deal comes two decades after ADELTE first provided boarding bridges to the airport.
“We are enthusiastic about returning to Manchester and being able to participate in this ambitious project of transforming the infrastructure and facilities of this modern airport so that it can receive, in the best conditions, the fast-growing number of passengers,” says Jordi Floreta, Vice President and Commercial Director, ADELTE.
Rob Stewart, Delivery Director for MAN-TP, adds: “We are delighted to award this contract to ADELTE and look forward to working with them over the coming years to further enhance the customer experience at Manchester Airport.”