Athens International Airport ‘Eleftherios Venizelos’ will ‘switch off the lights’ for the ‘Earth Hour’ between 20:30 and 21:30 on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The action is taking place in the context of the World Wildlife Fund WWF “Earth Hour” for the climate change. It is the eight time in a row that AIA joints the global initiative.
The airport will switch off the lighting of its western runway system (03L/21R), interrupting its operation for one hour, between 20:30 – 21:30 (local time). The temporary closure of the runway will not affect scheduled flights to or from the airport, which will use the east runway instead.
During the “Earth Hour 2019”, lighting in the airport buildings, staff parking lots and other selected airport areas will also be reduced.
The official Earth Hour video will be shown on screens in the central airport and offices with the aim to inform staff and passengers and raise public awareness about the climate change.
In addition, there will be announcements put up in the airport informing the public about the WWF’s global mobilization and the active participation of the Athens International Airport.
Moreover, the Airport Company encourages all its employees to participate at home, by dimming or shutting off the lights.
Apart from its symbolic participation in environmental initiatives, Athens International Airport continuously undertakes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under its direct control, including the implementation, since 2008, of a Climate Change Corporate Action Plan, which is updated on a yearly basis, and the airport’s participation in Airport Carbon Accreditation, a global voluntary program.