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Brussels Airport and TUI fly are testing the Taxibot for sustainable taxiing

During the next months, a Taxibot will be tested at Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport and TUI fly are conducting Taxibot tests as part of the Stargate program, a European Green Deal project for a greener aviation.

The Taxibot is a semi-autonomous aircraft towing system that can significantly reduce environmental impact, as taxiing will happen using the Taxibot on biodiesel, instead of using the aircraft engines.

This initiative is part of the Stargate program, an ambitious project selected by the European Commission to test and develop solutions for more sustainable aviation.

In close collaboration with TUI fly, Brussels Airport is the first Belgian airport to test the Taxibot for sustainable taxiing. This semi-robotic truck on biodiesel enables airplane taxiing without engines running.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport says: “It is very important to look into innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of our airport operations.

“The Taxibot offers a new and interesting alternative for taxiing, so by testing the Taxibot at Brussels Airport, we do not only look into its operational use but also we get a clearer view on the benefits using it in our infrastructure.

“A great collaboration with TUI fly, as our home carriers are equally committed to continue working on greener operations.”

Gunther Hofman, Managing Director TUI fly Western Region: “Since its creation, TUI fly Belgium has put sustainability at the heart of its flight operations.

“We are therefore proud, like all partners in Brussels Airport’s Stargate project, to contribute to greener aviation.

“The use of the Taxibot is an important new step in this process. This innovative vehicle will allow us to tow aircraft while saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions”.

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