In an article in this publication (dated February 2006) it states the following:
Quote: 5 UK airports are currently identified as a potential A380 destination - Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Nottingham East Midlands (NEM).
Are they thinking along the lines of a suitable diversion airport, or are any carriers talking about using the airport on a regular basis? One can presume we must be talking a freight operator here due to the lack of air bridges etc.
I sincerely apologise if this has been raised previously, but it has been a long day!!!
A380Heavy From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 279 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
Quoting Raffik (Reply 3): I think I read that NEMA handles the largest volume of airfreight in the whole country, so it doesn't surprise me that it would see the A380.
I believe you are right but up to now we don't get their 747's in, we regularly get the 763's, the odd 752, and used to get the 727's, MD11's and DC8's.
It does look, at the airport, as though UPS are having some new buildings constructed - maybe they are planning further expansion and this may include the introduction of the A380?
They also have regular An124 and 747 (Kallita) flights in and recently had the An225 in too (I remember seeing the ramp with 2 x An124 + the An225 at the same time - what a sight!), so handling the A380 wouldn't represent a problem.