Published on Friday, February 9, 2018

Southend Airport installs purpose-built aircraft de-icing facility



Southend Airport has become the first in Britain to install a purpose-built aircraft de-icing facility, increasing efficiency and the speed of de-icing when bad weather hits.


From now on, instead of de-icing when the plane is on its stand and full of passengers, an aircraft can simply push back and taxi to the Centralised De-icing Facility.


With engines running, the plane will be efficiently de-iced before smoothly taxiing for take-off.  This new operation enables more aircraft to de-ice more quickly and to get to the runway for departure well within hold-over times.


De-icing fluid is captured and taken for specialist treatment before being safely disposed of.


Glyn Jones, CEO of Southend Airport Stobart Aviation, said: "This new de-icing facility is another example of London Southend leading the way within the aviation industry, using innovative, brand new technology to provide a much better airport experience for our partners and passengers.


"For both travellers and airlines there is nothing more frustrating than bad weather leading to delays, so we've invented a solution to try and minimise that."


 

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