“Finavia’s objective is to continue the reduction of emissions caused by airport operations, to which all available resources must be targeted. Electric aviation is one of those solutions. We want to invest in the introduction of new aircraft technology and expedite the electrification of domestic flights,” said Henri Hansson, senior vice president, Finavia,who oversees infrastructure and sustainability at the organisation.
The first electric passenger aircrafts are best suited for shorter flights; however, it is important to develop the operating range of electric aircraft as well, especially from the point of view of commercial airline services.
According to the research conducted in cooperation between the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, an electric aircraft would be the preferred option for travelling distances of more than 400 km in Finland due to the aircraft’s speed.
If the used electricity is produced with only wind or solar energy, for example, an electric aircraft would fly with zero emissions.