Heathrow Airport has used Green Great Britain Week to announce an incentive designed to accelerate the development of electric aircraft.
Speaking at the BusinessGreen Summit, John Holland-Kaye, announced an industry-first by revealing that the first electric-hybrid aircraft will be free of Heathrow’s landing charges for one whole year once it is put into regular service.
It comes on the first ever Green Great Britain Week, which will highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK, while simultaneously raising understanding of how business and the public can reduce emissions and ultimately tackle climate change.
Already, there are more than 100 electric aircraft projects in development throughout the world and the current thinking within the industry suggests they could be ready to touch down in 2030.
With cost of development and current demand as obstacles though, the incentive set out by Heathrow Airport is designed to accelerate the investment in electric technology from airlines, therefore increasing demand and ultimately, the arrival of zero-emissions flights at Heathrow.
With climate change and reduction of pollution through cleaner air both hot topics at the moment, Heathrow’s incentive is one that should make a huge difference.
By escaping landing charges for a year, airlines can expect to save almost £1 million during that time.
And with global air passengers set to double by 2035, the use of electric aircraft could be critical in driving a more sustainable future in the industry.
Heathrow Airport’s Chief Executive, John Holland-Kaye, said: “Heathrow has long been a leader in sustainable aviation.
“We championed carbon neutral growth in global aviation, which will come into effect in 2020.
“The next frontier is zero carbon flying, and I hope this prize will help to make it a reality at Heathrow by 2030.”
This prize is set alongside existing plans from the airport to decarbonise the industry and pursue clean growth.”