Airports Council International Renews Duqm Airport Carbon Accreditation Certificate for the Second Year in a Row
For the second year in a row, Airports Council International (ACI) has granted Oman Airports’ Duqm Airport the Carbon Accreditation Certificate (CAC) for Level 1, "Mapping".
This makes Duqm Airport one of the most active contributors in the aviation and airports sector with regards to reducing carbon emissions by adopting the best international standards for environmental conservation through the latest internationally approved programs.
The renewal of the Carbon Accreditation Certificate (CAC) comes in line with Oman Airports’ plans to reduce carbon emissions at their airports. Along with Duqm Airport, Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport are monitoring and reducing carbon emissions, maintaining lower rates of carbon emissions, and achieving neutrality, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions in the environment surrounding the airports, which are operated by the Oman Airports.
These efforts are in line with Oman’s national strategy to achieve zero neutrality by 2050. This is being implemented by all the relevant authorities in the Sultanate of Oman to achieve a balance between the requirements of sustainable development and the sustainable use of natural resources for the growth of the national economy and to reduce the effects of climate change through established procedures. These are considered key components of the strategies linked to the realization of the Oman Vision 2040.
Mohammed bin Humaid Al Shuaili, Vice President of Regional Airports in Oman, said: “We work at Oman Airports alongside all our partners in the aviation sector, to achieve the national aim to build an integrated system to contribute to the Sultanate of Oman’s achievement of zero carbon neutrality by 2050, as directed by His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq – may Allah Protect Him. We are achieving this by incorporating professional practices to achieve a balance of sustainable development and the reduction of the repercussions of climate change. In addition, we are working to build the knowledge economy, utilizing clean technology to achieve sustainable development, and creating a diverse mix of energy sources.”
Al Shuaili added, “I congratulate the Duqm Airport team and the other relevant teams in Oman Airports and our strategic partners for renewing the International CAC for the second year in a row. Work will begin to raise the level of Duqm Airport in this important global program by adopting many green initiatives and programs, and by adhering to the standards contained in CAC to reach higher levels, which is a permanent commitment towards developing a sustainable future in the field of aviation and airports and effectively managing their operations and reducing negative effects on the environment.”
For his part, Ahmed Al Farsi, Duqm Airport Manager, added: “The participation of Duqm Airport in the program for the accreditation of the management of the airport's carbon emissions came within the framework of the keenness to achieve a comprehensive management of the airport's carbon emissions in the future, and out of the belief of the executive management of Oman Airports in adopting a sustainable operating model through the application of environmentally friendly operational strategies to ensure the reduction of the total carbon emissions resulting from our operations.”
Airports Council International (ACI) for Europe has expanded its 2009 airport carbon emission management accreditation program in Europe to the Asia-Pacific region. This step enabled several airports in these areas to participate in the implementation of this program and to obtain accreditation within one of its four levels.
ACI provides tools to enable airports to manage and reduce carbon emissions. The tremendous development of airports within their facilities, as well as processes and procedures, includes an environmentally sustainable and effective strategy, which includes the expansion of the Euro-Asia-Pacific Airport Carbon Emission Management Accreditation Program.
It is worth noting that Duqm Airport recorded a 6.6% increase in the number of departing and arriving domestic flights to 386 by the end of July 2022, compared to 362 flights during the same period in 2021. The number of passengers increased by 45.1% from 25,402 passengers by the end of July 2021 to 36,868 passengers by the end of July 2022.
Duqm Airport was able to quickly integrate with other modern components of Duqm Special Economic Zone system, as one of the important pillars of the region to complete the government’s comprehensive vision of making Duqm one of the pillars of economic and tourism development in Al Wusta Governorate, and to keep pace with the current and future economic diversification plans that Duqm Special Economic Zone provides to citizens and investors. The airport has provided a strong boost to investors and workers in the process of travel and access to Duqm Special Economic Zone. It has also contributed to the rapid logistics airlift between Muscat and Al Wusta Governorate, which has boosted economic and tourist activity to Duqm, the city of the future on which the government has bright hopes for the next stage.
It is worth noting that Oman Air operates daily flights to Duqm except on Friday, while SalamAir announced that it will operate flights to Duqm airport as of 29 October 2022.