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Heathrow reduces carbon footprint while rising traffic

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Today we bring news on the Europe's busiest airport London Heathrow. Passenger numbers climbed up in September while the airport received an award for constantly reducing its carbon footprint.

Passenger traffic rising in September

Last month over 6.2 million passengers went through London Heathrow (LHR). That is 7.6 percent more than in September of 2009. According to BAA, the owner of the airport, most of the rise was by business travelers. In reaction, airlines began to restart the routes cut down by the recession.

Long-haul flights have seen substantial growths also. Countries with fast growing economies such as Brazil, Russia or China have now 10+ percent passenger pickup. However, leisure travelers are still holding back according to the statistics.

Airport Carbon Accreditation

Now the Europe's busiest airport, has just received the „Optimisation“ level of the Airport Carbon Accreditation certification programme by ACI Europe. What does that mean?

In short, this certificate approves that the airport has effective carbon footprint management procedures in place. It is a confirmation that the airport has reduced its carbon footprint substantially over the past three years. The airport also influences its stakeholders to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI Europe, stated that 23 airports in 12 European countries are already certified. These account for as much as 30 percent of passenger traffic in Europe. The overall carbon dioxide reduction achieved with London Heathrow added is now over 540,000 tonnes for 16 months the programme is in place.

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