“It is an honour to join ACI Europe's Board of Directors and contribute to the future development of European airports. The main objective for the foreseeable future is to enable air traffic to recover from the pandemic that has shaken the entire industry. This must be done in a sustainable manner, as mitigating climate change is a key objective for the entire airline industry”, says Mäki.
According to Mäki, Finland is a forerunner in combatting climate change. Among the first airport companies in Europe, Finavia’s Helsinki Airport operations were certified as carbon neutral in 2017, followed by our airports in Lapland in 2019. All Finavia’s airports have been carbon neutral since 2019, which represents 20% of airports in Europe.
ACI Europe’s next goal is to achieve net zero emissions at its airports by 2050. Net zero emissions are also the goal of Finavia.
“It is important that Finland, due to its exceptional geographical position, is involved in the development of the airport industry. Finavia's target-oriented climate programme as well as the investments in customer experience and digitalisation provide added value for the entire European airport community”, says Kimmo Mäki.
Kimmo Mäki is the first Finn to be elected to the Board of ACI Europe. He joined Finavia as CEO in 2018 and has an educational background of Master of Science (Technology).
ACI Europe represents more than 500 airports in 55 countries. ACI Europe airports enable more than 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe through their airport operations. The airport operations create 13.5 million jobs across Europe and support the European economy with EUR 886 billion annually.
Read also ACI's press release