Ryanair Launches Electric Handling at 11 Major European Airports for Zero Emission Turnarounds
Ryanair has launched electric handling at 11 European airports including Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Seville, Santiago, Valencia, Amsterdam Schiphol, Gothenburg-Landvetter and Oslo. The initiative will enable zero emission aircraft turnarounds.
On Wednesday (October 27, 2021), Ryanair announced the launch of electric handling at 11 major European airports which will enable zero-emission aircraft turnarounds. The airports include Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Mallorca, Seville, Santiago, Valencia, Amsterdam Schiphol, Gothenburg-Landvetter and Oslo. Ryanair’s handling partner in Spain and Portugal, Azul Handling, will now be the first carbon neutral carbon handling company in Spain, following a €7.3 million investment in e-Quipment, which will save 1,000 tons of CO2 annually across eight locations. Zero-emission turnarounds at Amsterdam-Schiphol, Gothenburg-Landvetter and Oslo will be accomplished in partnership with Menzies Aviation.
In Wednesday’s announcement, Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability, Thomas Fowler, said,
“We are delighted to announce this industry-leading green initiative which represents Ryanair’s commitment to reducing its emissions. The launch of electric handling at 11 of our European airports is a major step in Ryanair’s pathway to net zero emissions by 2050. The turnaround process incorporates a number of steps and pieces of electric equipment – including electric baggage tractor, electric baggage belt loader, passenger steps, electric ground power, and electric push back tractor which assists the aircraft with exiting the aircraft parking position – and this process is now carried out emission-free at these 11 locations.
“At Ryanair we have committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and reducing CO2 emissions per passenger/km by 10% by 2030. That is why we have invested $22bn in new aircraft that will help us reduce our fuel consumption by approx. 16% on a per-seat basis.
We can now offer zero emissions turnarounds at each of those 11 locations when previously, a standard turnaround could emit up to 52kg of CO2. Our partnerships with industry leaders such as Azul and Menzies Aviation are vital to us in achieving our goal of being net carbon neutral by 2050.”
Ryanair Holdings, plc is Europe’s largest airline conglomerate and the parent company of Buzz, Lauda, Malta Air, and Ryanair DAC. The airline usually carries over 154 million passengers annually with over 2,500 daily departures. Ryanair typically serves over 200 destinations in 40 countries with a fleet of over 400 Boeing 737 Family aircraft and 20 Airbus A320s. Currently, the low-cost carrier has an additional 210 Boeing 737-8200s on order. Ryanair has maintained a stellar safety record for over 35 years and prides itself on being “Europe’s greenest cleanest airline group,” promising customers a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 50%, versus the “Big 4 EU major airlines.”