Young people will have the chance to learn about the sustainable future of flying with Stansted Airport's new education programme.

Starting in the next academic year, the airport will deliver 'Jet Zero Education' lessons at its on-site Aerozone to schools in the surrounding areas.

The curriculum will use interactive technology, and will primarily focus on the role Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will play in the decarbonisation of aviation.

Students will learn how SAF is produced and how it will help reduce aircraft emissions, helping meet the aviation industry's target of net zero by 2050.

Neil Robinson, corporate social responsibility and airspace change director at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: "I am pleased to announce today that our Jet Zero Education programme will start in the new academic year.

"Our Aerozone works with young people from an early age to educate and inspire them about the world of aviation and the opportunities it could present to them.

"This initiative is a valuable extension of that, teaching the future generation of aviation professionals about the importance of a transition to net zero air travel, and inspiring them about the role they can play in the delivering that.


"The Jet Zero Strategy continues to play an important part in bringing the sector together and, as today’s announcement shows, MAG is wholly committed to delivering on all of the pledges we made 12 months ago.

"As a founding member of the Jet Zero Council, we are proud to be working collaboratively with Government to drive the industry’s transition to net zero by 2050."

The Aerozone caters for students age four to 18, and aims to inspire the next generation of future aviation professionals.

So far this year more than 2,600 students have visited the Aerozone, with nearly 25,000 students walking through its doors since it first opened in 2015.

With the MAG Jet Zero Airspace pledge, London Stansted became the first large UK airport to pass the 'Stage 2' gateway of the Government's airspace modernisation scheme.

MAG will also fund three PhDs focusing on aviation decarbonisation with its Jet Zero Research pledge.