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Stansted Airport team winter weather training is snow joke

15 September, 2017 - 13:36
A snow plough in operation at Stansted Airport during a previous cold snap. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/STEVE BATES

A snow plough in operation at Stansted Airport during a previous cold snap. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/STEVE BATES

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Flying from Stansted Airport this winter? Then there’s snow reason to be worried.

Stansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/BLUE SKYStansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/BLUE SKY

The airport’s operations team recently rehearsed its winter weather skills as Britain says goodbye to the summer – watch them in action below.

Each staff member refreshed themselves with the overall plan, and how to operate the machinery, show snowfall hit the Essex airport.

Stansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/MEL NICEStansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/MEL NICE

Being up to speed means the team aims to clear the runway in 30 minutes, depending on the depth of the snow, and minimise disruption to passengers.

Stansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/BLUE SKYStansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/BLUE SKY

Nick Millar, head of airside operations at the airport, said: “We start our winter training at the end of summer as our extensive plan involves more than 200 staff and a wider variety of hi-tech vehicles and kit.

Stansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/LEO HILLIER CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHYStansted Airport's snow clearance team practising ahead of the 2017/18 winter. Picture: STANSTED AIRPORT/LEO HILLIER CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY

“The airside operations team put in many hours of practice and training so they know exactly what his or her job is when the snow and ice arrives.

“During winter the team is on stand-by 24/7 so if it does snow we’re there to keep the airfield safe and ensure any disruption to passengers and airlines is kept to a minimum.”

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