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Sustainable aviation in focus

ACI World Assembly charts course for sustainable aviation

RIYADH, May 23, 2024

At the Airports Council International (ACI) World Annual General Assembly taking place from May 22-23, in Riyadh, ACI airport members unanimously adopted three foundational resolutions aimed at ensuring a safe and sustainable aviation system as demand for air travel continues to increase.

  • Safety and security at airports as fundamental enablers of sustainable growth
  • Enabling system capacity at airports to meet future growth
  • Aviation decarbonisation and airport climate action

The annual General Assembly took place at the ACI Asia-Pacific and Middle East/ ACI World Annual General Assembly, Conference, and Exhibition — a global gathering of airport leaders, and hosted by Riyadh Airports Company.

ACI World Director General and CEO Luis Felipe de Oliveira, said: "Global passenger traffic is poised to soar, with projections nearing 20 billion by 2042, doubling the estimates for 2024.

“Safely and sustainably accommodating this exponential growth necessitates collaboration across the entire aviation system, including governments.

“Together, we must ensure sufficient capacity, maintain safety and security, and meet aviation’s net-zero targets.

“The unanimous adoption of the resolutions demonstrates the commitment from the world’s airports for sustainable growth, and we thank ACI members for providing a strong collective response. Collaboration is not just essential; it's the only way forward."

Recognising that long-term and sustainable growth of aviation requires that the highest levels of safety and security are maintained, the resolutions call for strengthened collaboration between airports, civil aviation authorities, governments, international organisations, and funding partners to enhance global aviation standards.

This includes increasing certified aerodromes, improving safety and security measures through capacity building initiatives, and investing in the development of a skilled aviation workforce.

Airports are encouraged to continue to support the peer review ACI APEX programme that helps airports optimise their operations, regulatory compliance, as well as raise aviation standards worldwide.

Recognising that ground and airspace capacity present one of the largest challenges in accommodating future air travel demand, the resolutions call upon airports, governments, and other key stakeholders such as air operators and air navigation service providers to prioritise collaboration in maximising system capacity utilisation.

This includes, through policy, access to timely funding, and operational and technical improvements.

The ACI World-Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (Canso), Airport System Capacity Enhancement (ASCE) programme, remains a key resource to optimise the use of airport system capacity, both in the air and on the ground.

Noting the commitment of airports to the industry’s Net Zero Carbon Goal, the resolutions urge governments and aviation stakeholders to prioritise sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) adoption, along with investment in new propulsion technologies like electric and hybrid electric aircraft, and associated airport infrastructure.

The resolutions emphasise the need for unified global approaches to aviation decarbonisation, including ensuring a sufficient supply of green energy to airports, and incentivising climate adaptation and mitigation infrastructure development through appropriate financial mechanisms.

Joining the host of ACI environmental resources, including the ACI Airports Carbon Accreditation Program, ACI World has launched the Guidance on Airport Decarbonization, a complimentary publication providing guidance on building a roadmap for decarbonization, stakeholder engagement, and economic and financial aspects. – TradeArabia News Service



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