Fact finding mission in Africa to set up a first Edition for the Sustainable Airport Areas International Seminar

Friday 30 oct 2020 | News | min of reading

Paris CDG Alliance, Groupe ADP and its subsidiary ADP Ingenierie traveled from March 2nd to 4th, 2020 to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to check the feasibility to organize an African Edition of the well-known Sustainable Airport Areas International Seminar (SAAIS). The Delegates also seized this opportunity to promote Paris-CDG Airport Area during the Aviation Africa Summit 2020 which took place on March 4th and 5th

Everybody should have in mind that the 9 previous editions of the Seminar have successfully brought together experts, elected officials and airport development stakeholders from Asia, North America and Europe. Paris CDG Alliance now wishes to extend its network and benefit from new approaches to the development of sustainable airport territories, by organizing a first edition in Africa. The first African airport hub, Bole International Airport (Addis Ababa) is booming today, with the construction of a new airport planned for 2025. This mission, organized with the support of the French Embassy and Business France, enabled the Alliance to arouse the interest of several international and local players around the challenges of a sustainable airport, such as the Ethiopian Airports subsidiary of Ethiopian Airlines, the Oromia Region, the African Union, the European Union in Ethiopia or the Franco-Ethiopian Business Club (CAFE). 

The Ethiopian Airlines group, which has been involved in these issues for several years, has given its agreement in principle for the co-organization of the African edition of the SAAIS alongside Paris CDG Alliance. The various organizations which were met will support this approach at their various levels. 

This mission also allowed the team on site to promote Paris-CDG Airport Area during the Aviation Africa Summit 2020 and to have a backstage discovering of Ethiopian Airlines. The group is developing an original integrated approach, including the whole airport chain: maintenance center, training center, catering and ground services company, as well as subsidiaries focused on cargo and tourist services.