The most eco-friendly airports for green travellers
Stockholm Arlanda International Airport (ARN)
Stockholm Arlanda Airport is leading the way for green airports, being the first airport in Europe to achieve carbon neutrality. The airport has also capped it’s carbon emissions, meaning pollution from aircraft, vehicles and the terminal can not exceed a certain level. In addition, the airport has created a biofuel system for electricity, in which water is collected and put towards the air condition system or heating system. In total, the airport has reduced its energy use by an impressive 1/3.
You can fly to this airport with airlines such as Norwegian Air Shuttle, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia and TUI fly Nordic.
Zurich International Airport (ZRH)
As mentioned above, it is not only air pollution that airports should be trying to combat. Zurich Airport is doing many things to combat noise pollution, charging aircraft a fee based on the noise emitted from it and the effect of this pollution. In addition, the airport is taking measures to maintain water management, with efforts placed to reduce excessive water waste and using collected rainwater and aircraft deicing procedures for toilet flushing.
Edelweiss Air and Swiss International Air Lines have hubs at this airport, but you can also fly there with airlines such as Chair Airlines or easyJet.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
Seattle airport is beginning its transition to biofuels, with a fuel source that is lower in carbon compared to traditional fuel jet. In addition to concerns about aircraft emissions, the airport is also working to reduce pollution from the airport terminals and also from the ground transportation, with the taxi fleet having to meet strict standards of efficiency.
Fly to this airport with airlines such as Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
Stuttgart Airport (STR)
This airport has a tough goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 compared to 1990. In addition, the airport aims to be completely carbon-neutral by 2050. The airport aims to do this in many ways, including increasing solar energy production via solar panels, reducing ground transport emissions by using silent and zero-emission electric vehicles.
This airport is a hub for Eurowings but you can also fly with airlines such as Condor, Lauda, SunExpress Deutschland and Lufthansa.
Seymour Airport (GPS)
This airport, located in the Galapagos Islands is also known as the Galapagos Ecological Airport and has won awards for being the “World’s First Green Airport”. This airport runs solely on its own harvested energy from the wind and the sun, with 35% coming from sun and 65% coming from wind energy. Not only is this airport great for utilising its resources in terms of energy, but the airport also converts the saline seawater into desalinated water to be used in the airports toilets and sinks in order to save water usage.
Fly to this airline with Avianca Ecuador, LATAM Ecuador or TAME, all of which fly from Quito and Guayaquil as well as some from San Cristóbal.
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
This Indian airport is aiming to reduce its plastic consumption and waste, with a target of 2019. This airport is one of the busiest in the world, and wants to eliminate all single-use plastics from the airport, including from food packaging, bottles, straws and cups.
Fly to this airport with airlines such as Vistara, IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
In August 2019, all shops and lounges at San Francisco International Airport stopped selling plastic bottled water. The airport urges all passengers to bring their own personal reusable water bottles from home, which they can refill at the airport's many hydration stations that can be found across the airport. The removal of single-use plastic water bottles is part of San Francisco International's Zero Waste Concessions Program.