29.11.2021 – 13:20
ADV German commercial airports
The heads of the ADV member airports met today in Berlin for their annual conference. Right at the beginning of the meeting, the board members and managing directors of over 40 airports underscore their willingness to support the aviation goals set out in the coalition agreement. “The coalition agreement sets ambitious goals for the airports, particularly in the area of climate and noise protection, but we nevertheless see them as a solid foundation for embarking on a sustainable but also competitive future through funding programs. Fair, international competitive conditions in the implementation of “Fit for 55” are the elementary prerequisite for the decarbonization of air traffic to be implemented, “explains ADV President Dr. Stefan Schulte in his opening statement.
Aviation concept 2030+
The Airport Association ADV sees itself called upon to contribute its expertise in the “comprehensive participation process for the creation of an air traffic concept 2030+ for the future of airports” announced by the SPD, Greens and FDP. “We see this concept as a great opportunity to work out a harmonized development program for our locations with the federal government, the federal states and environmental associations. The aim of all of us should be to adopt a balanced plan that addresses both the concerns of our residents and the mobility needs of travelers At the same time, the new federal government should describe in such a concept the funding measures with which it is promoting climate-neutral airport operations and by when it will improve rail connections. A holistic assessment of the regional economic benefits will show what an indispensable role our airports play for the business location Germany play “, says ADV President Dr. Schulte is convinced.
Air traffic demand in pandemic times is stabilizing
At the end of the second corona year, the airport managers are again looking more optimistically into the future. At all locations, it can be seen that with increasing vaccination rates and decreasing travel restrictions, passengers come back again. “The strong increase in air traffic demand in summer and autumn is evidence of people’s unbroken need for mobility. The decisive differences compared to Corona year 2020 are in the higher volume, even if flight cancellations are increasing again in view of the currently high incidences of the USA reinforce this positive development, “explains Dr. Stefan Schulte.
International travel must be made easier by standardized regulations – airports require standardization and digitization of evidence
The opening of the American market is also an important signal for our economy and for strengthening the transatlantic relationship. Business partners, families and friends can meet again more often. The coronavirus made it clear to us how essential air traffic is. In this context, the ADV President formulates his expectations of politicians: “A fully digitized global standard is essential for fast and reliable health checks so that airports and airlines can cope with the increasing number of passengers. Digitized evidence of uniform document requirements enable a return to online -Check-In for international flights. In addition, additional digitization options and biometric procedures offer a perspective for accelerating security and border controls. The control of the health status of a passenger via the digital travel pass or other apps must be promoted internationally. ”
In addition to light, there are also shadows at German airports
The balance between climate protection and economic performance is the key to an efficient airport location. The financial burdens due to the corona pandemic are heavy. Last year the airports posted a loss of 2.1 billion euros before taxes. According to the association’s forecast, it will be 1.5 billion euros this year. At the same time, the level of indebtedness has risen to the limit. “Politics demands a lot from the airports. Even in economically difficult times, we are ready to deliver. All airports continue to advance their programs to reduce CO2. But it must also be clear who demands a lot, has to support”, so the appeal of Dr. Stefan Schulte to the new federal government.
Isabelle B. Polders
Head of Communication, Strategy & Sustainability
ADV press officer
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