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Identifying Interactions between Airline and Airport Sustainability Activities


As national and international stakeholders, airlines have enterprise-wide sustainability programs and environmental goals. Airports have location-specific environmental and sustainability goals. While airports and airlines often work together to implement sustainability initiatives at the airport, occasionally the goals and objectives of the airport and airlines do not align. In addition, airlines often have shorter return-on investment (ROI) requirements than airports for projects, which can make the economics of sustainability projects challenging to justify. As airports and airlines set more ambitious goals, for example regarding reduction in carbon emissions (becoming a carbon neutral airport or Net Zero facility for airports, and achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 for the aviation industry), coordination is needed to support these entities' goals. Guidance is needed for airports and airlines to align their differing ROI requirements and planning horizons, in order to better facilitate all stakeholders sustainability goals.


The objective of this research is to provide guidance on how airports and airlines can improve coordination of their sustainability activities to enable greater success in meeting respective goals.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Airlines, Airports, Sustainable development, Sustainable transportation, Return on investment, Strategic planning,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Administration and Management
Planning and Forecasting

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