Wizz Air and Menzies perform fully electric turns in Budapest

Wizz Air and Menzies Aviation have started performing fully electric turnarounds at Budapest Airport.

The electric turns at Budapest Airport have been made possible through the airports’ provision of charging infrastructure necessary for electric equipment, with all energy from renewable sources.

It is further supported by Menzies’ ’electric first’ approach which includes a commitment to 25% electric GSE globally by 2025. Electric turns reduce carbon emissions from the ground handling process by around 80% per aircraft compared to using diesel-powered equipment.

Yvonne Moynihan, Corporate and ESG Officer at Wizz Air said: "We are the first airline at Budapest Airport to perform fully electric turns, thanks to our partnership with Menzies Aviation and the company’s commitment to electric ground support equipment. It demonstrates another step in our target to further reducing our CO2 intensity by 25% by 2030.

"Our Budapest based aircraft are all-Airbus A321neo, delivering significant environmental performance and enabling us to fly with the lowest carbon intensity in Europe. We also understand the importance of indirect emissions reduction and welcome Menzies Aviation’s investment to switch from diesel-powered to electric equipment. As Budapest Airport’s largest operator, we are delighted to continue working with our local partners to find new solutions that help us reach our targets collectively as an industry."

Katy Reid, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Menzies Aviation, said: "Sustainability is a top priority for Menzies, as we continue to grow our business and find ways to improve our operational efficiency. We are setting science-based targets to reach net-zero across scope 1, 2 and 3 by 2045. We are taking action by switching to electric GSE where possible and using alternative fuels. Ongoing collaboration with partners, such as Wizz Air and Budapest Airport, will be vital to achieving this ambition. We are proud to have made significant strides, with 41% of our GSE equipment in Europe now electric, and look forward to working closely with industry partners, including suppliers, airlines and airports to advance more environmentally friendly operations."

Mike Carlson, Budapest Airport’s Chief Financial Officer, stated: "As an airport operator, we are doing a lot to ensure that the airport should operate as sustainably as possible. We have reduced our direct emissions from operations by 65% in ten years. There are already more than 100 electric ground handling vehicles performing their duties at the airport every day, with 43 charging parking positions available to charge them."

Wizz Air operates 14 aircraft in Budapest, all Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft that offer significant environmental advantages, including nearly 50% reduction in noise emissions, 20% in fuel consumption and 50% in nitrogen oxide emissions. 

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