Hamburg to host National Aviation Conference on September 25

Reconciling global aviation needs with climate-neutrality and innovation to take centre stage
21 September 2023
3. Nationale Luftfahrtkonferenz, Juergen Mai Lufthansa Technik AG, 15.9

The 3rd National Aviation Conference gets underway Monday (September 25, 2023) focusing on reconciling global mobility needs with climate protection at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will open the "Aviation: Innovative and Climate Neutral"-themed meet. The agenda features keynotes by Robert Habeck, German Minister of Economics and Climate Protection, Volker Wissing, German Minister of Digital Affairs and Transport, and Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg. Various panels including representatives of aviation, trade unions, environmental associations and research will also be held. A working group on climate-neutral aviation, set up by the Federal Government, will present its preliminary findings. The conference is being held jointly by the German Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, the German Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport, the German Air Transport Association, the German Aerospace Industries Association and the City of Hamburg.

Hamburg world's third largest centre of aviation

Hamburg is the world's third-largest civil aviation centre. The city has three anchor companies in Hamburg Airport, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik as well over 300 others with a total workforce of more than 40,000. Aviation is also a catalyst of foreign trade. "Hamburg's economy exported goods worth EUR 26.7 billion in the first half of 2023 or EUR 2.9 billion more (+12.4 per cent) than in the first half of 2022," Hamburg Aviation said, citing data released by the Statistics Office North. Meanwhile, Airbus opened a new cutting-edge hangar in Finkenwerder where the A321XLR is being assembled in September. The aircraft, the latest flagship in the A320 Family, is expected to set new standards in sustainability, economy and range.

Key industry on path sustainability

The accelerator scheme for start-ups, Sustainable Aero Lab, has aimed to slash aviation's carbon footprint since its launch in Hamburg in 2021. The Centre for Applied Aviation Research (ZAL) recently announced a partnership with the Singaporean scale-up H3 Dynamics to advance the use of hydrogen in aviation and advanced air mobility. Thus, Hamburg is ideally positioned in terms of climate protection and transforming aviation which will take centre stage during the upcoming conference.