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Fleet renewal remains basis for noise and CO2 reduction

Making European agreements now about blending sustainable aviation fuels will accelerate sustainability.

The focus on fleet renewal remains the most important driver in Eindhoven Airport's policy to limit noise nuisance. The airport also wants to encourage the use of sustainable fuels as a means to reduce CO2 emissions. Fleet renewal is the basis of Pieter van Geel's advice, in response to the Eindhoven Airport Test Case, to reduce noise nuisance in the region. New aircraft types will not only be quieter, but also emit less CO2. Together with the addition of sustainable fuels, this will contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions from the civil flight movements at Eindhoven Airport.

“Crisis or not, we have committed ourselves to Pieter van Geel's advice to substantially reduce the noise exposure in 2030 compared to 2019 and to start right away. Fleet renewal is an important condition for reducing noise nuisance. Despite all the uncertainties that now exist as a result of the crisis, we continue to pursue the objective in Van Geel's advice to have a 60% new fleet at Eindhoven Airport by 2030, ”says Roel Hellemons, CEO of Eindhoven Airport .

In order to stimulate the use of quieter and cleaner aircraft in the coming years, the airport wants to make a distinction from April 2021 in the rate that airlines have to pay, the so-called airport charges. The proposal is to offer a discount to airlines with cleaner and quieter aircrafts.

In addition, Eindhoven Airport is committed to a European obligation to blend kerosene with sustainable fuels. Sustainable aviation fuels will contribute to sustainability of aviation.

The airport itself is well on track to zero emission by 2030 for all directly controlled activities.

Hellemons: “Especially now that state aid is being given to airlines on a large scale in Europe, we understand very well that people are asking to add conditions to that aid. In our view, this should preferably be imposed at European level, in order to create a fair playing field for airlines and to achieve the most results. We expect aviation to gradually recover and with these conditions we may be able to accelerate the necessary sustainability of the sector. That would be the profit this crisis brings. We are committed to this and will continue to actively collaborate with national and European governments and the sector. ''

In terms of noise nuisance, Eindhoven airport froze on its own initiative the number of flight movements in 2019 at 41,500 instead of the - for that year - licensed 43,000. As a result of the Eindhoven Airport Test Case, the maximum number of flight movements will remain fixed at 41,500 until 2021. From October this year, Eindhoven Airport will also stop planning flights after 11 p.m. to further limit noise nuisance in the region. The existing differentiation in airport charges for airlines wishing to fly late at night or early in the morning will be maintained in the future.

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About Eindhoven Airport

Eindhoven Airport is the second largest airport in the Netherlands with over 6 million passengers in 2018. The airport serves Brainport region and connects it with Europe and makes the region internationally accessible in balance with surroundings. The convenience for the passenger comes from the airport Álways Easy’ strategy. Flights depart from Eindhoven Airport to over 80 destinations. Speed and the total airport experience are its added values. With 2000 direct jobs the airport has grown into one of the region's largest employers. Business responsibility is part of our DNA. Continuously we pay attention to the balance between international connectivity, the environment, sustainability and the quality of live. The owners of Eindhoven Airport NV are the Schiphol Group, the province Noord-Brabant and Eindhoven city.


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