Eelde wants to become the most sustainable airport in the Netherlands
The Minister of Infrastructure, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, opened the new solar array at Groningen Airport Eelde on Monday. The array is one of the largest in the Northern Netherlands, with no fewer than 63,000 panels.
The new array also signals a change of direction for the airport, which had failed to become profitable in the last few years.
There is now a new director, Bart Schmeink, who sees a future for the airport as the most sustainable in the Netherlands.
For example, charging stations have already been installed to facilitate electric aircraft, even though there are effectively none that are airworthy at this point.
The future of Groningen Airport Eelde is uncertain. But director Bart Schmeink now hopes that Minister Nieuwenhuizen can be convinced of the possibilities of “Eelde” as the most sustainable airport in the Netherlands: in the coming weeks she will be putting together an executive review of all Dutch airports.
Image via Groningen Airport Eelde