Helsinki airport trims plane idling, cuts fuel costs

Changing the way airlines talk to each other about plane take-off and landing at Helsinki airport has cut fuel costs and made flights run more punctually. Airport operator Finavia made […]

By Vicky Ellis

Changing the way airlines talk to each other about plane take-off and landing at Helsinki airport has cut fuel costs and made flights run more punctually.

Airport operator Finavia made the claim on Monday, nearly two years after bringing in a scheme to make communication between different operators at the airport “smoother and more effective”.

Called the CDM operating model, better communication means plans can wait at the gate with engines down, rather than waiting its turn to take off while taxiing.

Slashing “unnecessary idling” has decreased fuel consumption and engine emissions at Helsinki Airport, said Finavia.

A spokesperson told ELN the taxiing times of airplanes, especially at rush hour, are around 3 minutes shorter than before, meaning a reduction of 5100 tonnes less CO2 emissions yearly.

Heini Noronen-Juhola, Vice President of Helsinki Airport at Finavia Corporation said: “The experience from the new operating model, introduced more than a year ago, has been positive.

“We are happy to see that in addition to Finavia, other users of the airport have adopted the new operating model. As a result of better cooperation, air traffic is more effective.”