daa has announced proposals for new sustainability measures to incentivise airlines to operate lower CO₂ emission aircraft at Dublin Airport. Under the new proposed incentive scheme, a new 25% discount off all runway charges will be available to all airlines that operate the most environmentally friendly newer, quieter and cleaner aircraft at all times of the day.

The expected multi million euro discounts will further incentivise sustainable airport operations at Dublin Airport and are expected to go live within the next six months, based carriers at Dublin Airport, including Aer Lingus and Ryanair will reap the largest share of these incentives.

Aer Lingus operates two based Airbus A320neo with a further two due for delivery in July and October and six Airbus A321neo-LR aircraft and Ryanair plans to base 16 Boeing 737 MAX 8-200 aircraft in Dublin this summer. The Ryanair Group also operates Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into Dublin from its European and UK bases.

Last year daa introduced the first phase of its environmental charging strategy last year and already applies higher charges for noisier aircraft which operate at night. It is committed to the continued introduction of environmental charges. Phases 1 and 2 of the noise reduction scheme focus on penalising aircraft noise at night via surcharges.

daa CEO, Kenny Jacobs said “At daa, we are embedding environmental sustainability into everything we do. We are acutely aware of the scale of the task of achieving the government’s target of a 51% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions at our airports by 2030, on our way to our ultimate goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.  We are fully committed to delivering on these targets while in parallel, working alongside aviation stakeholders and our airline partners to support the sector’s transition to a more sustainable model for the future and addressing our Scope 3 emissions.”

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