Tuesday, June 29, 2021

IndiGo’s ground support equipment automation reduces carbon emissions by 5%

Pune: In-line with its vision to enhance efficiency and sustainability, IndiGo has productively utilized the last year to introduce automated solutions for ground support equipment, the airline officials said.

The project led by Sanjeev Ramdas, executive vice president customer service, has reduced emissions from ground support operations by 1246 tonnes, which would amount to about 5% decrease effectively.

“IndiGo adopted various innovative solutions in both passenger and freight services such as modified baggage BFL for cabin loading, battery swapping by monorail crane, using 10-ton electrical tug instead of 20-ton, battery operated baggage freight loader, battery operated baggage water cart, portable baggage transfer belt, implementation of vehicle mounted transfer rollers and ran trials of electric coaches. Additionally, the airline converted old coaches to make portable cabin for staff at airport,” an official said.

These initiatives, implemented at Kolkata, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi and Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru airports, not only reduced 90 minutes of man hours per flight, but also brought in overall cost savings of about Rs. 15crore over a year.

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, president & chief operating officer IndiGo said, “We have leveraged the last year not only to become more efficient but also to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment. Ground support equipment automation has enhanced sustainability in our operations by reducing dependence on fuel and cutting down carbon emissions by around 5% effectively. It has also effected in time and cost savings, which will enable us to continue to offer an affordable and on-time experience to our customers. We will persist to explore and adopt innovative measures to augment sustainability and efficiency, towards our goal of being the fittest airline that is ready for the future”.

29/06/21 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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