by Tiana May
21 Jul 2022
During Farnborough International Airshow, the UK government released its Jet Zero strategy, mandating all airports in England to have zero-emission operations by 2040.
This is an achievable ambition, it said, as two thirds of the UK’s major airports have already set themselves net zero targets prior to 2040.
In support of these targets, the UK government will work collaboratively with airports to develop the requirements for achieving zero-emission operations by 2040. A Call for Evidence on the best approach to implementing the target will be published in Autumn 2022.
“The publication of the Jet Zero strategy is a key milestone in our sector’s drive towards a net zero carbon future. We are proud to play a leading role in the Jet Zero Council, which brings together government and industry to share ideas and innovation to ensure we make this strategy a reality.”
The Jet Zero Strategy also commits all UK domestic aviation to achieving net zero emissions by 2040.
To enable this, the government has committed to having at least 5 commercial-scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) plants under construction in the UK by 2025 and has mandated that aviation fuels must be blended with at least 10 percent SAF by 2030.
As sustainable aviation technologies are developed, the government will also invest in ground infrastructure to enable airports to handle new types of aircraft and fuel.
These commitments were announced at Farnborough International Airshow, which is taking place between 18 July and 22 July at Farnborough Airport. On the first day of the show, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng also committed 273 million GBP in funding to advance low-carbon aerospace innovation in the UK.
At a Future Mobility Sector Day, Petalite argued that the industry needs an increased focus on charging infrastructure for electric aircraft.
Farnborough Airport has appointed McLaughlin & Harvey and Gebler Tooth to design and construct its new 55 million GBP Domus III hangar.
London Stansted has completed a 12 million GBP (14.5m USD) refurbishment of its international departure lounge.
Farnborough Airport has become the first airport in the world to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the same price as Jet A1 fuel.
Birmingham Airport (BHX) has announced it will invest in upgrading and expanding its security area by June 2024.
The CAA has published its Final Proposals for the maximum passenger charges at Heathrow Airport over the next five years.
Gatwick Airport has announced a focused statutory public consultation on plans to bring the Northern Runway into routine use.
Edinburgh Airport has started powering its airside vehicles with Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel rather than diesel to reduce emissions.
London Stansted and its retail partners have invested over 12 million GBP in renovating the airport's international departure lounge.
Within weeks of implementing SITA Airport Management, London Luton Airport (LLA) is reaping the benefits of streamlining its day-to-day operations.
Heathrow has implemented Oracle Fusion Cloud as part of its strategy to modernise key operations, digitise infrastructure, and support growth
Menzies Aviation has renewed a contract for the provision of into-plane fuelling operations for Shell Aviation across its entire UK fuelling network.
Glasgow Airport is replacing the LED airfield floodlights with a more sustainable model that is 25% more energy efficient.
London Oxford Airport has commenced the New Year with a significant upgrade of its Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (RFFS) to Category 6.
The new Oshkosh Strikers were delivered in early December, 2021, and support operations at the Isle of Man Airport (IOM).
Pangiam and Google Cloud collaborate on Project DARTMOUTH to automate cabin baggage screening throughout airport security with AI technology.
Gatwick Airport and GRIDSERVE will build the Gatwick Electric Forecourt – an electric charging, net zero equivalent to a petrol station.
Belfast International Airport has achieved gold level in the 2021 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey.
Glasgow Airport has installed two Reverse Vending Machines to encourage passengers and staff to recycle more of their cans and bottles.
Farnborough Airport won the title of FBO of the year in The Air Charter Association (ACA) Excellence Awards 2021.
easyJet will open the doors to its first airport lounge in collaboration with No1 Lounges at the North Terminal at London Gatwick Airport.
MAG will provide passengers the ability to offset the carbon emissions from their flights in a new partnership with CarbonClick.
As of October 31, VINCI Airports will make sustainable biofuels available to airlines operating at Gatwick Airport.
Plaza Premium Lounge at London Heathrow Airport T2 has again been voted “World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge.”
Plaza Premium Group, the pioneers in global airport hospitality, has announced the opening of Plaza Premium Lounge at London Gatwick Airport.
Bristol Airport continues with its strategy of reducing airport operating emissions by trialling an electric airside bus.
Gatwick has announced that this year, a public consultation will start to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.
Frequentis is successfully implementing three VCS systems for Ports of Jersey, supporting main, contingency and emergency operation systems.
Dufry has successfully extended its contract to operate the tax and duty free store at Cardiff Airport in Wales for a further 12 years
Teesside Airport will be the UK’s first pilot area to test hydrogen vehicles as part of the Tees Valley’s status as the country’s Hydrogen Transport Hub.
Following a six-figure investment, George Best Belfast City Airport has launched a major five-year, digital transformation programme.
Farnborough Airport, is delighted to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel to all aircraft using the airport from this week.
Manchester Airport today confirmed the first passengers will pass through its new Terminal Two extension on Wednesday this week.
An eleven-acre solar farm is to be constructed on Edinburgh Airport’s airfield as the airport publishes its sustainability strategy.
A new system being developed by Kromek to detect coronavirus in the air has been installed at Teesside International Airport in new trial.
Working alongside Vitol Aviation and Neste, Heathrow has successfully incorporated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operation.
Bristol Airport has launched a new Fund to kick start and fast track decarbonisation initiatives in the South West of the United Kingdom.
HIAL is proposing to implement coastal defences at Broad Bay Beach to protect the infrastructure and future operation of Stornoway Airport.
London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced a range of new digital services to further improve the passenger experience.
Beneath London Stansted’s terminal, a £70m baggage system revamp designed by Beumer Group has been driven to the finish line.
Rohde & Schwarz has been chosen to supply R&S QPS201 Quick Personnel Security (QPS) scanners to Heathrow Airport (LHR).
World Duty Free, subsidiary of Dufry, has won a concession contract to operate the tax and duty free store at Teesside International Airport.
London City Airport has become the first major international airport in the world to be fully controlled by a remote digital ATC tower.
London City Airport has announced the launch of a new travel portal to help passengers make more informed travel plans.
Air Navigation Solutions, the resident ANSP, successfully completed the transition to the new VCS, provided by SITTI, at Edinburgh Airport.
Glasgow Airport has scooped an International Safety Award for protecting its employees from the risk of injury and ill health at work.
Birmingham Airport has achieved ISO 45001 certification following an assessment of its occupational health & safety management system.
The IATA have announced the arrival at LHR of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.
Teesside International has flicked the switch to launch its new £3.5million airfield radar system, as it also begins a new recruitment drive.
Heathrow has successfully pitched two forward-thinking ideas to Innovate UK’s Future Flight Challenge, and begun the first stage of research.
Gatwick Airport will introduce a £5 forecourt charge for vehicles which drop off passengers directly outside its North Terminal from March.
With the win of the major cargo handling contract, Swissport now handles the Lufthansa's cargo at all of its UK destinations.
Heathrow is working with NHS Test and Trace on a Government-led rapid testing pilot for airport colleagues.
The Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme is open to airports and ground handlers who have been financially impacted by the pandemic.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the innovative project will see a novel hydrogen combustion engine installed at Kirkwall Airport.
HIAL's £3.7 million project hopes to develop a sustainable aviation programme to transform short flight travel between remote communities.
Representing an investment of over GBP 30 million, the facility allows dnata to significantly expand its operations at Manchester Airport.
In 2020, 22.1 million passengers travelled through Heathrow. Lockdowns and border closures led to a loss of 58.8 million passengers.
London City has improved its airfield infrastructure with the construction of a full-length parallel taxiway and eight new stands.
Newcastle has become the first airport in the UK to operate a fully electric, zero emission airside bus with hopes of Net Zero by 2035.
The £3million overhaul of Teesside Airport’s check-in and security will help to welcome thousands of extra passengers in 2021.
Finance Minister, Conor Murphy has announced up to £7.8 million is being made available for Belfast International and Belfast City Airport.
A full range of tests will be available to all passengers in a purpose-built testing facility inside the main terminal building at Stansted.
The forecourt charge, expected to be around £5, is part of Heathrow's response to the £1.5bn losses incurred in 2020.
Glasgow has received the highest ‘Very Good’ rating from the UK Civil Aviation Authority for disability access for the second successive year.
TIPA have been awarded £10k for developing a fully compostable security bag for London’s most central airport, to be trialled in spring 2021.
Newcastle Airport is working with two local COVID-19 testing companies to provide quick and affordable tests to passengers.
ParkIT has completed its latest implementation at Manchester Airport, offering a fully automated and self-service experience.
Passengers entering England will be able to reduce isolation time with the launch of a new strategy for testing international arrivals.
Bristol Airport has announced plans to bring forward the construction of a multi-million-pound Public Transport Interchange (PTI) facility.
Changes to the forecourt will be introduced next month in response to challenges of the pandemic and feedback from users and passengers.
The UK's first pre-departure testing facility is a critical step towards recovery, restoring traveller confidence and re-opening routes.
More than 1,200 of the most vulnerable people in society have been helped thanks to the donations made to Aberdeen Cyrenians.
The OrderNext ordering platform is now live at the airport and is the latest in a series of improvements for passengers at Teesside.
The UK’s largest airport group MAG has confirmed proposals to reduce employee costs in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Airport has published COVID-19 Dashboards containing WHO data in a bid to allow passengers to make more informed travel decisions.
The revenue raised from the charges will help Gatwick to continue its recovery from the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
AGS are trialling a new Oxo-Biodegradable product that can be reused to replace over two million single-use 100ml plastic bags each year.
More than 200 security trays will be redistributed from Edinburgh to airports in Africa to help staff train for security inspections.
Gatwick will treat its security trays with UV light energy to guarantee a 99.9% microbe disinfection rate to protect passengers and staff.
Heathrow has trialled three rapid point of care testing solutions to understand how these tests can be conducted outside of a laboratory.
Teesside International Airport is becoming more welcoming than ever, with major renovation works taking place to transform the arrivals hall.
London Luton Airport is the first UK airport to receive certification from the ACI Airport Health Accreditation programme.
Gatwick's proposed redesign will reshape the company to best respond quickly to future growth, but could result in the loss of 600 jobs.
The Terminal 2 facility enables arriving passengers to be tested for COVID-19 upon landing and receive results just hours later.
25 new sunny and low-cost short-haul destinations can be reached from Heathrow, many of which will be provided by British Airways.
Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA), has commissioned the installation of a voice communication system (VCS) to replace the airports legacy system.
Wayne Harvey joins Cardiff Airport as Chairman. Mr. Harvey joins the Airport at a challenging time for the aviation industry.
Thermal screening technology is being trialled at Heathow to detect elevated temperatures of arriving passengers.
Heathrow calls for quarantine exit plan to help reboot the UK economy. Passenger numbers were down 97% in April.
Across two phases, Gate Technologies designed and provided 32 new check-in counters and back walls for London Stansted.
Heathrow to drive forward development of a Common International Standard by trialling technologies that reduce risk of Covid-19 transmission.
Heathrow Airport outlined the early impacts of COVID-19 as it shares it's results for the first 3 months of the year.
Vanderlande has been formally selected as Heathrow Airport’s strategic baggage partner for the next ten years.
Birmingham Airport begins 30m GBP departure lounge extension as part of its TE18 programme. Mr Maynard attended the ground-breaking ceremony.
UK government launches tour of regional airports as part of its Regional Air Connectivity Review by visiting Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Heathrow is launching public consultations to finalise its designs ready to be submitted for planning application later on in 2020.
The TLD TPX-100-E is a fully electric towbarless tractor designed for the push back of most commuters and single aisle aircrafts up to 100 tons.
AECOM has won an eight-year contract with Heathrow Airport to be the lead designer for the Future Terminal 2 (T2) Programme.
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