Hamburg Airport has become the first German member of the international 'Hydrogen Hub at Airport' network, an Airbus initiative to promote the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure in aviation. 

“We are thrilled that Hamburg Airport is working together on equal terms with such international hubs as Paris - Charles de Gaulle and Changi Airport in Singapore as we make these decisive preparations for an energy transition in air travel,” said Michael Eggenschwiler, CEO of Hamburg Airport, at the signing of the cooperation agreement.

“I am very proud of that fact, and also of the pioneering work of our staff, who have been pouring their hearts into laying the foundations for this work over many years.”

The network’s membership already includes airports, airlines and companies within the energy sector in 11 countries including the UK, France, US, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand. Hamburg is the 12th member to join. The aim of the international network is to research, develop and expand the infrastructure for the use of hydrogen. 

"We welcome Hamburg Airport as the latest ‘Hydrogen Hub at Airport’ member," said Karine Guénan, vice president of ZEROe Hydrogen Ecosystem.

“Hamburg Airport’s expertise in Hydrogen will be an invaluable asset in our ZEROe Ecosystem journey to build a future where aviation will be powered by decarbonised hydrogen.

“The journey to prepare airport infrastructure to support hydrogen and low carbon aviation begins on the ground with these partnerships.

“The growing involvement of airports worldwide, including Hamburg Airport, in Airbus' 'Hydrogen Hub at Airport' concept will be key to deploying hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035.”

In 2020, Airbus launched the Hydrogen Hub at Airports programme to drive research into infrastructure requirements and low-carbon airport operations across the value chain. The cooperation in Hamburg includes Linde, a global leader in the production, processing, storage and distribution of hydrogen.

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