The UK’s London Luton Airport has opened a second taxiway under its £160m three-year transformation programme.

Known as Taxiway Foxtrot, the 520m-long taxiway will be used to better manage aircraft ground movements and reduce delays at Luton Airport.

Around 6,000m3 of concrete was required to build the new taxiway. 150 LED lights on the taxiway were connected using 9km of electric cables.

Taxiway Foxtrot houses a de-icing facility that is said to be the largest in the continent.

The facility is capable of de-icing around seven aircraft simultaneously. It also features 600m of drainage to ensure the safe disposal of de-icing liquid.

It has been designed to help Luton ensure on-time departures in cold weather conditions.

Local construction firm Ryebridge began construction work this January. It completed the work in August.

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The construction was managed by Turner & Townsend.

In a press release, the airport noted that 4,000m3 of earth was re-used during the construction.

London Luton Airport operations director Neil Thompson 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 and our airline partners to deliver punctual departures year-round, whatever the weather.”

Last December, Luton Airport re-opened its terminal after the latest phase of a renovation project aimed to double its passenger handling capacity by 2020.

The £160m three-year redevelopment aims to make journeys easier, quicker and more comfortable.