With COVID-19 vaccination rates increasing and a green recovery well underway, how will airports adapt to the increased expectation of more sustainable operations?
Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of sustainability had been progressing upwards on the airport corporate agenda, driven by citizen activism, policy and regulatory direction, and airport stakeholders and communities.
Unlike during the Great Financial Crisis of 2008–2009 when the environment took a back seat, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the focus and the expectation of “building back better”—even while the world’s airlines grounded their fleets and airport terminals remained largely deserted.
We expect economies to gradually reopen as vaccination rates increase, but our recent forecast projects we are years from a return to pre-pandemic demand, as international traffic remains severely constrained by border closures, quarantines, and frequently changing policies.
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