French airport operator Groupe ADP, TotalEnergies and Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA) plan to implement aircraft electric charging stations at three airfields in France’s Ile-de-France region.

The installation of these charging stations is part of the companies’ efforts to decarbonise the aviation space while electrifying light aviation.

As part of this initiative, four charging stations will be deployed at Toussus-le-Noble, Etampes and Pontoise aeronautical platforms, which are managed by Groupe ADP.

In addition to decarbonising the aviation sector, the charging stations are expected to significantly reduce noise pollution on the platforms.

Groupe ADP deputy CEO Edward Arkwright said: “For Groupe ADP, this initiative is fully in line with Groupe ADP’s desire to make Ile-de-France airfields the laboratories of the future sustainable aviation, while already providing concrete support for the electrification of light aircraft fleets, thanks to the deployment of new electric terminals, and of all ground operations.

“At all our airports, we are supporting the integration of clean energies to decarbonise aviation, including electrification, sustainable fuels and, in the future, hydrogen.”

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The ‘self-service’ terminals are designed to make it easier for pilots to navigate between two airfields and enable aircraft to recharge easily in an hour.

TotalEnergies said that it aims to expedite electric aviation in France, primarily by adapting airport infrastructures.

The company will operate all the charging stations installed under the initiative.

TotalEnergies Marketing and Services executive vice-president Thierry Pflimlin said: “As a multi-energy company, our role is to provide our customers with solutions to help them meet their energy transition challenges.

“These first electric charging stations in France are a first step before a larger-scale deployment in France and Europe.

“The development of low-carbon electricity supply for electric aviation, which is an important factor in the decarbonisation of this mode of transport, is in line with TotalEnergies’ ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, together with society.”