Macau International Airport (MIA) operator has selected British consultancy Mott MacDonald to offer airfield and apron design consultancy services at the airport.

As part of the deal agreed with Macau International Airport Co, Mott MacDonald will optimise the apron adjacent to the MIA’s south terminal.

MIA is currently expanding the terminal in a move to cater to passenger growth.

In addition, the consultancy will provide civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, apron planning, airport systems and technical advisory services as part of the project.

“We worked on the extension of the north terminal from concept to completion, while we’re currently working on the east apron optimisation project.”

The apron will feature multi-centreline stands configuration and will cater to all types of aircraft after completion.

Mott MacDonald project manager Kwai Chan said: “It’s great to be able to introduce a new multi-centreline stands parking arrangement at MIA, which will help maximise land use.”

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“This latest commission builds on our long-term commitment to improving operations at MIA. We worked on the extension of the north terminal, which opened to passengers earlier this year, from concept to completion, while we’re currently working on the east apron optimisation project which is already underway.

“We also designed overlay for the airport’s single runway, which will improve its strength and cater for rapidly increasing aircraft traffic once operational.”

Furthermore, MIA is planning to launch new airline routes to and from Macau, which is expected to grow passenger traffic the second half of this year.

The airport handled four million passengers in the first half of this year, a 20% increase compared to the same period the previous year.