Today, Thursday 19 May 2011, Edinburgh Airport opened a new aircraft taxiway providing an alternative route to stands which were previously serviced by a single approach.
The new link will contribute to reducing average aircraft taxi times and on-stand delays particularly in peak times. One of the key benefits of the new taxiway is it will allow aircraft to continually move instead of holding while waiting for other aircraft to move. This will contribute to less fuel burn estimated to be around 300kg per day in the summer peak, which equates to around one tonne of CO2 per day or reducing approximately 300 tonnes of CO2 per year.
David Lister, Airside and Autonomy Director, said: "The construction of the taxiway has progressed over the last year, and we’re excited that it’s now operational and will contribute to improving on time performance as well as being one of the many initiatives Edinburgh Airport is investigating to reduce our carbon footprint."
More details about Edinburgh Airport's environmental and corporate social responsibility performance will be available in the CSR report published on the Community and Environment section of the website in early June, www.edinburghairport.com.