ADP boss calls for moderation

Augustin de Romanet calls it a period of transition. The CEO of Groupe ADP (formerly Aéroports de Paris), manager of the Parisian airports of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle, Orly and Le Bourget, declared on Monday, September 19 on BFM Business, that it would be necessary “be as reasonable as possible in your behavior” in air travel for the next twenty or thirty years.

According to him, “before we have – which will be the case in thirty years – planes propelled either by electricity, or by hydrogen, or by sustainable fuels made from green electricity”it will be necessary to show moderation with regard to the use of the plane.

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“If tomorrow morning the air traffic were to decrease, it is not an existential tragedy for us”he assured, specifying that the provision of a quality reception was the priority of a group like ADP.


However, it should not be forgotten that, “in the long term, air transport will be the system that emits the least CO2 », said the CEO. According to his reasoning, “the infrastructure of the aircraft is the air” and if “you analyze the amount of CO2 issued to make railway tracks, ballast, etc., you know that in the long term, air transport is extremely virtuous”he insisted in a comparison with the railway sector.

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Augustin de Romanet says to anticipate “a continuation of the extraordinary demand for travel in emerging countries”which will still be ” very strong “but “for countries that have already benefited from the very strong growth in air traffic, ‘privileged’ countries like ours, it is not unreasonable to accept a certain moderation”.

Faced with the growing demand to limit air traffic to fight against global warming, the boss of ADP will not put himself “never in the way of those who want to behave more responsibly”he said.

He also spoke of the awareness that has hit the industry since 2019 with now “airlines that are crying out to energy companies for the production of aero-sustainable fuel, as well as methods for eco-piloting”.

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The World with AFP

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