Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Cambodia has deployed pre-conditioned air (PCA) units and fixed electrical ground power (FEGP) units to serve aeroplanes at parking bays.

These new units will offer electricity and air conditioning to the aircraft directly from the airport facilities.

The systems have been installed under the passengers boarding bridges at the airport.

Earlier, parked aeroplanes mainly received power from auxiliary power units (APU). These units are noisy jet-fuel mini reactors that generate carbon emissions and other pollutants.

By transitioning to FEGP and PCA, the airport will minimise the use of APUs, improving the operational efficiency of the apron.

PNH general manager Hervé BONIN said: “Despite this unprecedented crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic, our network of airports continues engaging and investing in long-term initiatives that foster green development.

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“We want our actions to not only benefit the airport stakeholders but also wider communities. Having airlines and the Cambodian civil aviation agency joined this scheme is also instrumental to its success and we want to extend our appreciation to those key partners.”

According to the public-private partnership signed with the Royal Government of Cambodia in 1995, Cambodia Airports is responsible for managing and developing Cambodia’s network of international airports.

Cambodia Airports’ shareholders include France’s Vinci Airports with a holding of 70% and Muhibbah Masteron Cambodia, a Malaysian-Cambodian joint venture (JV), with a 30% holding.

Vinci Airports claims to be the first airport operator to unveil an international environmental strategy, AirPact, in 2016, to attain net-zero emissions throughout its network by 2050.

Presently, Vinci Airports handles nearly 45 airports in 12 countries.