easyJet and Milan airports partner to produce more sustainable ops

Bernie Baldwin

Accelerating and diversifying partnerships will help to bring about a sustainable future.

SEA (Società Esercizi Aeroportuali), which manages Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports, has signed a Letter of Intent with easyJet to develop and implement more sustainable operations at the two airports. The deal reinforces the two companies’ belief that air transport must achieve decarbonisation at scale, and that collaborative efforts will help the industry to reach net-zero by 2050.

The two companies will be working together in areas such as the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), research into infrastructural requirements for hydrogen propulsion, improvements in waste management and recycling, as well as the use of zero-emission ground service equipment. A working group is being created to meet regularly and monitor the progress of the individual actions occurring within the framework of this agreement.

In the short-term, easyJet is focused on being as efficient as possible, flying its aircraft in ways that avoid noise and the unnecessary use of fuel. Of course, flying full aircraft – increasingly more efficient Airbus A320neos – will help that goal.

The airline says it is also reducing waste within its wider operations and its supply chain, as well as reducing plastic. By the end of 2021, it had removed more than 36 million single-use plastic items from inflight operations, while also introducing new crew uniforms that are made from recycled plastic bottles.

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