Chairman & CEO: Augustin de Romanet. Photograph: © Stéphane de Bourgies

Current years have been troublesome throughout international locations and industries, however Groupe ADP chief Augustin de Romanet sees a vivid future for his enterprise.

With almost 80 years of expertise, Groupe ADP is a worldwide chief within the airports trade. From engineering research, master-planning, and design to the operation of advanced infrastructures reminiscent of terminals, runways or baggage sorters, the group is energetic in each step of the worth chain.

Its actions are structured across the pillars of airport actions (conception, organisation, and entry), journey retail (obligation free outlets, meals & drinks) and companies (actual property, worldwide airports growth and data and communication know-how).

Robust in experience and its capability to beat hardship, Groupe ADP’s chief government is assured for its future, and goals to create a brand new sustainable airport mannequin.

The 2025 Pioneers plan is a brand new strategic roadmap based mostly on long-term imaginative and prescient and the transformation of airports in the direction of multimodal energies hubs.

De Romanet’s religion rides with a passenger-centred strategy for his enterprise — and a fierce engagement within the struggle in opposition to local weather change. put him within the sizzling seat to share his imaginative and prescient… How do the challenges that the aviation trade faces have an effect on your organization?

Augustin de Romanet: The pandemic has generated additional expectations from travellers. Greater than ever, they count on protected, sanitary and cozy environment. Our focus is to keep up a high-quality customary on the airport by implementing applicable well being insurance policies, applied sciences, and companies. We’ve got lowered ready time throughout check-in and controls with digital instruments reminiscent of biometrics. We try for excellence of hospitality for journey retail and imbue our terminals with a constructive ambiance.

We’ve got developed multi-modality for public transportation options, boosting rail-air connections. Linking all these subjects in “good airports” is the drive to make the passenger to really feel cosy and relaxed.

The precedence over the 20 subsequent years is to guarantee the sustainability of air journey by decarbonisation of the trade. As airports operator, we’re pushing innovation by means of sustainable, versatile and modular development, and introducing higher operationnal practices to scale back carbon emissions.

With our new strategic roadmap referred to as 2025 Pioneers, we’re launching a long-term transformation to reinvent airports.


How can the airport trade contribute to the struggle in opposition to local weather change?

First, it needs to be stated that airport contributions to CO2 emissions are reasonably low. The impression is simply 5 p.c of the aeronautic trade’s emissions — which in whole represents round three p.c of worldwide emissions. In Paris-Charles de Gaulles and Paris-Orly Airports, we lowered per-passenger emissions by 71 p.c between 2009 and 2020. That stated, we nonetheless have a vital function to play in sustainable growth. We can be part of the change by supporting clear energies: biomass, inexperienced electrical energy, hydrogen and sustainable aeronautics fuels (SAF).

We’re engaged on the idea of an lively hub in airport to produce floor automobiles, public transport and airplanes with hydrogen or SAF. This type of main change will take time, however our aim is obvious: to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2030 for all airports belonging to our community. Then we goal for zero-net emissions by 2050 for Paris-Charles de Gaulles and Paris-Orly.

How did the disaster re-shape your worldwide ambitions?

We function a community of 29 airports worldwide, and our ambitions stay intact and robust. We lately acquired Almaty airport in Kazakhstan by way of our Turkish subsidiary, TAV Airports. In 2020, we acquired a 49 p.c stake of the Indian GMR Airports in New Delhi and Hyderabad. ADP’s worldwide growth will proceed selectively as we keep our ambition to maintain the world’s gates open, regardless of the upheavals that the pandemic raised.

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From a strong-growth paradigm to a brand new airport mannequin that’s extra sustainable, Groupe ADP is prepared for take-off. We’re a accountable company citizen, and customer-centred technique shapes new horizons for passengers, stakeholders, and the atmosphere.

Our concentrate on security, buyer expertise and ecological transition is a part of a brand new recreation that the group is able to play.

The Covid pandemic has been onerous on aviation. Groupe ADP’s whole visitors hit 160 million passengers in 2021 — 41.9 million of them in Paris — which was simply 45.6 p.c of the 2019 whole. It’s a gradual course of, however we count on full restoration in Paris between 2024 and 2027. We’ve got been in a position to adapt airport’s reception capacities, technique of manufacturing, and industrial provide.

The passenger expertise is central to Groupe ADP’s DNA. We pleasure ourselves on offering the very best requirements of hospitality for travellers. We showcase our experience on this space. In Paris, Groupe ADP labours beneath the slogan “Paris Loves You” to supply a singular, emotional and profoundly Parisian expertise.

Paris-CDG Airport was final yr ranked fifteenth within the Top100 Skytrax best-airports listing. It was 94th in 2014. Groupe ADP addresses the primary considerations of passengers, reminiscent of ready occasions. We’re working carefully with the Dwelling Secretary to make the EES system as painless as it may be, whereas controls can be strengthened for all non-Schengen Vacationers.

The pandemic additionally put the concentrate on travellers’ have to have a protected journey whereas transiting airports. How have you ever responded to that?

We carried out a number of focused sanitary initiatives, for example the opening of PCR and antigenic testing centres at Paris terminals and organising sanitary corridors throughout the peak of the primary pandemic wave. Because of this, 27 out of 28 Groupe ADP’s airports have obtained Airport Well being Accreditation (AHA), licensed by ACI (Airports Council Worldwide), the benchmark of the trade.

What impression has Glasgow’s COP26 summit had on ADP’s strategy to the atmosphere?

Groupe ADP has been concerned in sharing greener horizons, by taking area measures and making use of fierce engagement. All however one of many airports within the community have signed the Airports for Belief constitution in favour of a extra accountable and sustainable trade.

ADP was one of many first airport operators to develop renewable power options reminiscent of geothermal, biomass or photovoltaic power at Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly. And the work continues…

Groupe ADP’s targets are formidable: carbon-neutrality by 2030 in Paris and most of airports managed exterior France…

Motion pillars have been leveraged: power sobriety, sturdy development, renovation of outdated amenities, transition in the direction of renewable energies and discount of emissions linked to mobility. Already, 33 p.c of the sunshine automobiles used at Paris airports run on electrical or hybrid power. We’ve got one hundred pc renewable electrical energy in Paris and Santiago airports, and take note of biodiversity, with no phytosanitary merchandise utilized in Paris-Orly or in Liège.

The longer term is trying vivid for Groupe ADP, as a result of in a socially and environmentally sustainable approach we implement our perception that a greater world is an open one.