Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports operator Società Esercizi Aeroportuali (SEA) has reached a letter of intent (LoI) with easyJet to implement more sustainable management of operations at airports in Milan.

As part of their sustainability initiatives, easyJet and SEA will focus on the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

They will also conduct research into infrastructure requirements for hydrogen propulsion, as well as enhancements in waste management and recycling.

The two companies also agreed to focus on the use of zero-emission ground service equipment.

SEA CEO Armando Brunini said: “SEA has been committed to the environment for a long time, and is well aware that in order to meet the goal of a net-zero air transport by 2050, it is necessary to accelerate and diversify partnerships.

“This agreement with easyJet, the largest airline in Malpensa, will allow us to tackle emissions in multiple areas of our operations with a focus on the introduction of SAFs.”

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Both companies share the opinion that in order to become truly sustainable, air transport must achieve decarbonisation at scale.

They agree that efforts are required across the entire value chain, ranging from airports to airlines, to achieve net-zero by 2050.

The two companies will also create a working group that will meet regularly and monitor progress.

easyJet Italy country manager Lorenzo Lagorio said: “Today’s agreement with SEA demonstrates easyJet’s commitment to continuously look for ways to make its operations ever more sustainable and work closely with all partners involved.

“Driven by the desire to bring real change to the aviation sector, we can’t wait to start working together on these innovative projects to make the airports of Malpensa and Linate even more efficient and sustainable.”