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André Schneider and Philippe Rainville, the recently appointed heads of Genève Aéroport and Aéroports de Montréal, signed a cooperative agreement on April 19 that will add a new dimension to the collaboration between the two airports.
More specifically, the document provides for the sharing of best practices in several sectors such as technological innovation, sustainable development, and risk management.
It creates an official framework for the informal exchanges that have existed between the two airports for many years, particularly with regard to snow removal operations and network development.
Despite their geographical separation, Geneva and Montréal share a number of operational realities. They both welcomed a similar numbers of passengers in 2016 by primarily offering non-stop flights. In spite of their increased passenger traffic, movement through their respective hubs experienced less growth.
Both airports have obtained Level 3 airport carbon accreditation and are continuing their efforts in order to reach Level 3+, which certifies airport carbon neutrality. They are also both facing significant challenges pertaining to the modification of airport infrastructure to meet the needs of their users, while maintaining safe and efficient operations.
Montréal and Geneva are connected daily by a direct flight. This connection helps ensure cultural and economic proximity between the two cities.
Genève Aéroports and Aéroports de Montréal are both members of the Airports Council International (ACI). With the signing of this agreement, the two airport managers are contributing to the optimization of their strategic positioning and intend to strengthen the role of these two airports within the civil aviation and aerospace industry.