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Hamburg and Rotterdam partner to evaluate viability of hydrogen flight corridor

by | Jun 22, 2023

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed at the 2023 Paris Air Show between Hamburg Airport (HAM), Hamburg Aviation, Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) and Rotterdam The Hague Innovation Airport will see the partners evaluating the viability of a hydrogen flight corridor between the countries.

The organizations believe that the first flight of a hydrogen-powered aircraft on the Hamburg-Rotterdam route will take place in 2026, with commercial flights running along the same route shortly afterwards.

Under the MoU the parties will also work on the development of hydrogen infrastructure, in addition to contributing towards the creation of an applicable industry standard.

“As Flughafen Hamburg, we have set ourselves the goal of reducing our fossil CO2 emissions to zero in 12 years with the climate protection program Net Zero 2035 – as the first major commercial airport in Germany,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO, Hamburg Airport. “Part of this strategy is to enable ‘green’ flying together with other cooperation partners as soon as possible, among other things with hydrogen-based technologies. Here, the planned hydrogen flight route between Hamburg and Rotterdam is a very good example of how strong partners join forces to develop and implement sustainable aviation using a practical example.” “Hamburg and Rotterdam are both hubs of advanced aviation research in the field of hydrogen, making this an ideal partnership to explore what’s needed to establish flight routes for hydrogen aircraft,” added Ralf Gust, managing director, Hamburg Aviation. “I am certain that the partners in our cluster network will benefit from the sharing of expertise that’s core to this agreement. It’s a further catalyst towards a future hydrogen route Net Zero in aviation, itself a crucial path towards meeting our Net Zero targets.”

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