UK-based construction consultancy Mott MacDonald has been appointed to provide airfield and apron design consultancy services at Macau International airport (MIA).

The company will be responsible for optimising the apron adjacent to the south terminal, which is being expanded to cater to continued passenger growth.

MIA handled four million passengers in the first half of 2018, up by 20% from the previous year, and the passenger numbers are expected to grow during the second half of the year as new airlines launch routes to and from Macau.

The UK consultancy will provide civil, structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, apron planning, airport systems and technical advisory services on the project.

Once complete, the apron will cater to all required aircraft types, while its multi-centreline stands configuration will be a first for the airport.

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.

“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.”

In March 2018, the extension of the north terminal at MIA was opened to passengers.

The expansion of the north terminal comprised a new four-storey extension to the existing building, covering an area of 14,000m², increasing the terminal’s annual capacity to 7.8 million passengers.

Mott MacDonald delivered airport planning, engineering consultancy and technical advisory services during the initial conceptual study for the expansion, which included conducting passenger flow analysis to determine the required facilities for the departures and arrivals halls, as well as costing and investment analysis.

The company provided similar services during the project’s construction phase, including structural, electrical and mechanical engineering, airport systems planning and contract advisory.