Travel Industry News 5 December 2022

Manchester to become first UK airport with direct supply of hydrogen fuel

Manchester airport has unveiled plans to secure a direct supply of hydrogen fuel for its airline partners from the mid-2030s.
The airport is on track to become the first UK airport to achieve this milestone thanks to its new partnership with Hynet, one of the UK’s government-backed industrial decarbonisation projects.

Hynet is a low carbon energy project which, from the mid-2020s, will produce, store and distribute hydrogen as well as capturing and storing carbon. According to Hynet, the project has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions from across Northwest England and North Wales by 10 million tonnes every year by 2030.

The airport is also making progress towards the supply of sustainable aviation fuel.

New Riyadh airport to accommodate 120 million travellers by 2030

Plans have been unveiled for a new airport in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. It is expected to become one of the world’s largest airports covering an area of approximately 57 sq. km, allowing for six parallel runways. It will include the existing terminals named after King Khalid.

The new airport will also feature 12 sq. km of residential and recreational facilities, retail outlets, and other logistics support service areas. The airport aims to accommodate up to 120 million travellers by 2030 and 185 million passengers, with the capacity to process 3.5 million tons of cargo by 2050, according to a statement by PIF.

Decarbonisation in the aviation industry

Monday 12 December sees a very important on-line discussion arranged by the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.

Stakeholders and policymakers will assess the way forward for reducing emissions across the industry, following the Flightpath to the future and Jet Zero Strategy released earlier this year, the ICAO Assembly’s advocacy for reaching net-zero emissions from air transport by 2050, and the government consultation on how the industry fits within the Emissions Trading Scheme.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on scaling up and deploying new technologies to support decarbonisation, such as sustainable aviation fuels and hydrogen-powered aviation, as well as aircraft design, changes to operations and procedures, and opportunities and challenges associated with aviation demand management.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Delta makes Sky Club changes to address capacity issues
  • BA and American Airlines unveil new home at New York JFK
  • Air India, Vistara Agree to Merge
  • Singapore Airlines to Add Asian Service
  • Air Canada Invests in Carbon-Capture Tech
  • Singapore Airlines announce code Share Agreement with Malaysia Airlines