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the surprising advice of the CEO of Aéroports de Paris

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« If, tomorrow morning, air traffic were to decrease, it would not be an existential tragedy for us. » This sentence pronounced by Augustin de Romanet on BFMTV September 19 may come as a surprise.

The Chairman of the Aéroports de Paris group (ADP) who was still congratulating at the beginning of the month of August from « traffic record » registered in Orly (Val-de-Marne), now invites citizens to « be as reasonable as possible ».

Augustin de Romanet recognized that a « transition period » of a duration of 20 to 30 years was going to be necessary before having planes propelled with « green electricity »hydrogen, or by means of « sustainable fuels ». As long as air transport is not « of carbon »it will therefore be necessary « accept some moderation in countries that have already benefited from the growth of air transport »he continued, under the amazed eyes of the journalist of BFM.

The CEO admit that “ the green plane » will not be ready in 2035

It is rare for such a powerful player in the sector to admit that « the green plane » will not be ready in 2035 – which is however claimed Emmanuel Macron himself. This unusual position was therefore welcomed by some, such as the collective Non au terminal T4, which fights against the extension of Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport (Val-d’Oise).

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Most its members recall that« about ten ago airport extension projects in Nice, Marseilles, Lille, Montpellier, etc. which would increase our emissions, when we must halve them by 2030 ». To see if Augustin de Romanet will go further in the future, by taking a position on these projects, and by pleading for a global regulation of the sector, or if he will remain confined to the individual responsibility of travelers.

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