Manchester Airports Group offers prize for first zero-carbon commercial flight

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Owner of Manchester and Stansted offers five years' free landing fees as part of net-zero pledge
Owner of Manchester and Stansted airports offers five years' free landing fees as part of net-zero pledge

Manchester Airports Group has offered a prize of five years' free landing fees to the first airline to operate a zero-emissions commercial flight, as it pledged to become a net-zero carbon airport by 2038.

Britain's biggest airport group, which owns Manchester and Stansted airports, has upped the ante on the wider industry's commitment to achieve net-zero by 2050, and a similar one-year incentive offered by Heathrow.

The prize for the first zero-carbon flight will be worth around £1.3m in waived charges, MAG estimates.

Leading airlines and airports in the UK signed a Sustainable Aviation pledge this year to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a commitment environmental groups described as greenwash given the industry's plans for 70% more flights.

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