Airports

Our major project division is well accustomed to working on some of the country’s major Airports including both land and airside works.

Our major project division is well accustomed to working on some of the country’s major Airports including both land and airside works.

According to the International Air Transport Association, the amount of people flying is set to almost double to 7.2 billion passengers by 2035. At Thomas Bow we have assisted in the construction of several airports. Fireproofing, concrete and waterproofing are as important to airport construction as runways, terminals, parking structures, tarmac paving and radars. We furnish multiple solutions to many airport construction projects.

Thomas Bow City Asphalt benefits from significant experience working on airfield taxiways, runways and apron bays in an Airport environment with clients including the MOD and Commercial Airports.

Reliability and professionalism are what give our clients the confidence to undertake regular contracts for a number of Regional Airports, which include a wide variety of Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM), Reactive Maintenance and Emergency Response.

Our in-house resources are able to work closely with Airport staff to advise on asset management and deliver cost-effective solutions. Thorough design and planning of the works ensure that projects are carried out in harmony with airport operations. We also offer our services across other parts of airports such as car parks.

Our services offer many benefits to your airport including improving the longevity of the runway and ensuring that your airport is safe to use and more efficient.

Our professional team ensures that all of our work adheres to the industry’s best practice guidelines at all times.

We are based in the East Midlands which gives us easy access to any airport across the United Kingdom.

Airport Maintenance Services

Thomas Bow is an airport engineering company that has decades of experience in the field. They offer a full range of services covering all phases from large international airports to smaller regional ones with their expertise spanning over time and projects for both locales alike throughout the United Kingdom.

Some of our expertise include pavements, drainage, concrete, decentralization, road marking and lighting. We are one of the UK’s leading airport maintenance companies.

Enquire about our airport maintenance services below.

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FAQ’s

What are the requirements of airport drainage? 

Typically drains are placed nearer the edge of the runway pavement or at the toe of the slope of the graded area. The grades of the storm drain should be such as to maintain a minimum velocity of 2.5 ft/sec self-cleaning velocity. The diameter of surface drains should not be less than 12”.

How thick should airport runway concrete be?

Typical narrow body runways usually have 11 to 13 inches (28 to 33cm) of concrete thickness, and runways that serve wide-body aircraft usually have 17 to 20 inches (43 to 51cm) of concrete thickness. This type of construction qualifies a runway to be referred to as “hard-surfaced” or “paved”.

What do the letters on a runway mean?

Simply put an airport runway is numbered according to compass bearings. This means a runways numbers are based on the compass with 360 representing north, 90 representing east, 180 representing south and 270 representing the west. For example, a compass heading of 310 degrees would read 31 and be pronounced as three-one. 

Why do runways use blue lights?

The blue taxi lights are easy to spot from the terminal and are often the first airport lights seen by passengers. Blue taxiway lights are typically illuminated after dark and during bad weather. For many airports, the blue lights are all that is necessary to mark the taxiways.