Scottish Airport Introduces Steady Flow of SAF

 - April 21, 2023, 11:45 AM
Inverness Airport in Scotland is the first of the HIAL Group's 11 airports to offer a steady supply of sustainable aviation fuel. (Photo: HIAL Group)

Scotland’s Inverness Airport is the latest aviation gateway to stock continuous supplies of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The fuel, supplied by World Fuel Services, is a 35 percent SAF blend and available to all customers at the airport, which is operated by the Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) Group. 

Inverness will be the first of the company's locations to continually offer SAF and likely not its last. According to HIAL, there is an ongoing demand for SAF beyond previous trials and one-off deliveries. HIAL is said it is committed to becoming a net-zero regional airport group and the offering of SAF is a key part of that strategy. It has already taken several steps toward that goal, including the installation of solar-powered passenger boarding ramps, the acquisition of electric or hybrid ground power units, and the replacement of traditionally-powered vehicles with electrically powered units.

“At HIAL we are committed to reducing our environmental impact,” said managing director Inglis Lyon. “As an operator of 11 airports, it is important to work with aviation partners to decarbonize flights within Scotland, and SAF will play a vital role to help meeting the Scottish government’s target to create the world’s first net-zero aviation region by 2040.”