L’Acnusa, airport nuisance control authoritysounds the alarm about the delays taken by certain airports in France to operate on them energy transition on the ground.
The renewal of the fleet of vehicles operating “ slope side » (in reserved areas) and the non-use of aircraft auxiliary power engines to provide electricity when planes are on stopover requires investments on the part of airport operators.
However, according to Acnusa, it is clear that these investments risk not having been made at all airports classified in the European TEN-T network before the deadline set by the European AFIR regulation while the European Union subsidizes airport companies to meet their obligations.
In this context, Acnusa emphasizes that the parliamentary debate on the level of taxes applicable to airport concession companies cannot serve as a pretext to delay the investments essential to enable the ecological transition of airports.
Even if certain countries of the Union have obtained that the obligation to equip aircraft terminals with electricity does not apply to airports where traffic is less than 10,000 movements per year, Acnusa recommends making these investments on all airports and airfields located in territories with poor air quality.
It calls for territorial planning for the ecological transition to support operators, when necessary. If, in terms of emissions, the most important issues relate to aircraft weighing more than 20 tonnes (passengers and all cargo), she recommends not neglecting the progress that can be made more quickly, according to all aeronautics professionals. , by business aviation and light aviation (aircraft weighing less than 2 tonnes).