At Santiago Airport in Chile, no more waste!

Circular economy

Santiago International Airport in Chile is launching a vast campaign to fight food waste by offering passengers a digital solution allowing them to benefit from reduced prices on products close to their expiration date.

Through the mobile application - CoFood -, restaurants and businesses in the terminal provide information on the products available in their stocks and close to their expiration date, by offering them at a reduced price. Travelers who have previously downloaded the application can thus consult these offers in real time and acquire these products at preferential prices, thus avoiding exceeding their use-by date and promoting the fight against food waste. The unsold stocks are collected by the local charitable foundation Villa Padre Hurtado, which helps isolated elderly people by distributing food baskets.

The experimentation of this innovation begins starting from this week and will run until February 2021.

Santiago airport, part of the VINCI Airports network since 2015, regularly implements social and environmental initiatives. Since the start of the health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, airport teams have distributed food baskets to underprivileged families for several weeks. The distributions of these precious commodities took place in several districts of the city of Pudahuel, in El Noviciado, Peralito and Villa Couso. These municipalities, sectors severely affected by containment and the labor shortage due to the pandemic, are located in areas where VINCI Airports operates and for which many other sociable and sustainable initiatives are regularly implemented as close as possible to inhabitants. Nearly 2,000 baskets have been offered to residents since May 2020.