The boss of Aéroports de Paris calls for moderating air travel

“If tomorrow morning the air traffic were to decrease, it is not an existential tragedy for us”, indicated Augustin de Romanet.

Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Aéroports de Paris (ADP), is not afraid of paradox. “We will have to invite people to be more reasonable in air travel” as long as Transportation by air will not have been at the end of its process of decarbonization, he explained on BFM Business on Monday. And to specify that"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 for the recourse to the plane.

An astonishing statement when his group manages, in particular, the airports of Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle and Orly, in the Paris region. And whose turnover is correlated, in part, to the number of passengers. The latter depends on the tolls of the airlines and the rents of the shops in the terminals, themselves linked to their frequentation.

But this call for frugality in air transport, the boss of ADP only develops it for developed countries, where the plane is considered a sinkhole for CO2. This is not the case elsewhere. On the contrary, Augustin de Romanet says he anticipates "a continuation of the extraordinary demand for travel in emerging countries". And that's good, because ADP is very present in emerging countries: it has a 46% stake in the Turkish TAV Airports and 49% in the Indian GMR Airports. What to consider for the group a passenger traffic higher than the level of 2019 from 2025. Like what being reasonable does not prevent growth.

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