6 Lufthansa planes to be parked at Twente Airport

This morning the first aircraft to be parked at Twente Airport as a result of the corona crisis landed. It is a Boeing 747-400 of Lufthansa. In the coming weeks, a total of 6 aircraft of this type, a so-called widebody aircraft, will be parked by the airline at Twente Airport. As a result of the drop in demand and many travel restrictions, airlines are keeping many of their aircraft grounded. Twente Airport provides parking spaces for aircraft of aviation and leasing companies from home and abroad.

Maintenance and service plans gain momentum

Parking management and maintenance services for Lufthansa's six aircraft will be performed by a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group; the maintenance company Lufthansa Technik, which will support parking management from Amsterdam. The plan to develop maintenance activities at Twente Airport is thus given a flying start and makes a positive contribution to the creation of activity at the Technology Base, of which Twente Airport is a part, and the economic development of the region.

Maintenance and service

Twente Airport is working with development company Oost NL to realize a cluster for aircraft maintenance at Twente Airport. A study conducted by Airbus Consulting outlines a favorable perspective for developing aircraft maintenance activities at Twente Airport. Meiltje de Groot, director of Twente Airport: "With the maintenance cluster that includes renowned aircraft maintenance companies, we want to offer airlines and leasing companies the high-quality service they demand in a flexible and innovative way. The large European airports have less and less physical space. Moreover, maintenance also comes at the expense of available slots. The corona crisis is causing a temporary dip in transport demand, but a growing demand for aircraft parking spaces, for the short as well as the somewhat longer term. When transportation demand grows again, the demand for maintenance will increase again."


In time, the plan provides for the construction of additional parking spaces and maintenance facilities. The maintenance activities at Twente Airport offer opportunities for innovative business activity at the airport and at the adjacent Technology Base business park, of which Twente Airport is a part and fit within the applicable airport decision. Such as the company AELS (Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions) which is already established, which is an important partner for owners of aircraft that need to be dismantled in a sustainable way. In Overijssel, many companies are connected to the aircraft industry. Moreover, there is connection to education at various levels. Regional and national partners for the maintenance cluster are being sought at strategic, tactical and operational levels. Jan Schuring, Technology Base director: "What is good for Twente Airport is good for Technology Base. So all support for aircraft maintenance".

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