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Renewal of apron continues at Hamburg Airport

Airport investing around EUR 120 million - aims to keep impact on flight traffic to a minimum

Hamburg Airport has begun renewing the third apron with a total surface area of 31,700 square metres in February and will complete the works in July, a press release said Tuesday (February 7). Hamburg Airport is investing around EUR 120 million in the comprehensive renewal of the main apron, which will be conducted in ten staggered phases by 2020 to keep the impact on flight operations to a minimum. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport two hours before their departure and especially while the building works are underway.

Renewal of pipes, cables, technical equipment and surface

Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, said: “The comprehensive refurbishment of Apron 1 during ongoing operations is a great challenge for both reliable flight operations and the building companies. Thanks to the detailed preparations by all those involved, we are on time and can start the third building phase punctually.”

The work in the third phase involves the refurbishment of all pipes, cables, technical equipment and the surface itself. The concrete surfaces, for instance, of taxiways and aircraft parking positions are being constructed for a new, approximately 25-year life cycle. Two double jetways will be set up in the nearby pier area.

Double jetways not yet operational

Four smaller aircraft such Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 and two larger aircraft, for instance Boeing 777, Airbus A330, A350 or A380 can be handled from the pier area. Hamburg Airport has been using three of four aircraft parking positions in front of Apron 1 since early February. However, the double jetways are not yet operational. Passengers use gates beside the terminal and have to walk across the surface to the aircraft. Work on renewing the total area of 330,000 square metres became necessary as the concrete surfaces are now between 40 and 60 years old, and their usability will end in the foreseeable future.

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