Manchester Airport 'officially' ready for the A380
Thu, 19 Aug, 2010
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has officially approved Manchester Airport as ready for the A380 Airbus, just two weeks before the first of the large aircraft is due to land there.
After receiving its approval from the CAA's Aerodrome Standards Division, Manchester Airport joined a privileged group of 17 airports around the world certified to serve the aircraft.
This will make Manchester the only regional airport in the world to receive a regular service from an A380.
Over £10 million was spent upgrading the airfield for it to meet the necessary standards to receive the 517-seat A380s. Several upgrades were required to meet certification criteria, including a new aircraft stand and advanced docking system.
Managing director for the airport Andrew Cronish said: "It's a proud day for Manchester and we're naturally pleased that Emirates has chosen Manchester to be the first regional airport in the world to welcome an A380 aircraft."
The first A380 Airbus will touch down at Manchester Airport on September 1st and crowds are expected to flock to the Runway Visitor Park to watch its arrival.
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