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Manchester Airport in UK trials zero emission ground handling equipment

The UK’s Manchester Airport has participated in a one-month demonstration of new equipment that will help reduce carbon emissions, thereby improving air quality during aircraft turnarounds.

Under the scheme, the airport’s environmental team has worked alongside aviation company Swissport International, Netherlands-based Terberg, ground support equipment supplier Posicharge, airport ramp vehicle producer Charlatte Manutention, and the UK’s Thomson Airways.

The partners are working to demonstrate new electric specialist equipment for loading and towing an aircraft.

The ground handling equipment, including the push back tug, belt loader and multi-purpose cargo tractor, is powered by 100% renewable electricity, which ensures zero CO² emissions.

Manchester Airport Environment and Health and Safety head Tim Walmsley said: “Manchester Airport is committed to reducing carbon emissions right across the airport.

“This trial supports this goal as well as improving air quality and providing a cleaner working environment for those involved in airside operations and also enhances the customer experience.”

Manchester Airport has also deployed a rapid charging point, which will help charge the equipment in less than 2h, with one charge lasting several days.

The electric handling equipment will be adopted by the airport as part of the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme, which aims to renovate the entire airfield.

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