ACI World Urges ICAO To Develop Supersonic Standards

 - September 30, 2019, 12:33 PM

Concerned that supersonic aircraft may reach the market before key noise and emissions issues are addressed, the Airports Council International (ACI) World yesterday appealed to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly to develop appropriate standards and practices that ensure operations of such aircraft do not harm the environment, airport operations, and the public in general. ACI World worries that reintroduction may occur as early as 2023, but manufacturers have yet to furnish evidence that the new supersonic aircraft will meet ICAO standards in place for subsonic aircraft.

Given pressures already in place on airports regarding noise and emissions footprints and initiatives to appease those pressures within the community, ACI World said it “insists that the reintroduction of supersonic aircraft not undermine the efforts and achievements of the industry over the past decades.”

Standards and recommended practices for supersonic aircraft should foster sustainable development of international aviation, said ACI World. Such standards should ensure that supersonic aircraft do not disrupt traffic flow of other aircraft, lead to loss of capacity, or reduce efficiency or environmental impact.

“Public acceptance of aviation rests on our ability to face the operational and environmental challenges currently posed by noise and emissions from subsonic aircraft. The introduction of supersonic aircraft must not destroy that acceptance,” ACI World director general Angela Gittens said. Supersonic aircraft should not be noisier than comparable subsonic aircraft, Gittens added.