Articles tagged “environment”

Airline Group Admits Failure in Communicating Environmental Progress

Airline Group Admits Failure in Communicating Environmental Progress

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press

Sigh. The point is being missed. The airline industry doesn't have a publicity problem, it has a carbon problem. The fact is offsets and greater efficiency won't solve things in the time we have.

2 days ago

European Airlines Face Prospect of Finally Having to Pay Tax on Jet Fuel

European Airlines Face Prospect of Finally Having to Pay Tax on Jet Fuel

Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg

Airlines obviously won't like it, but the prospect of new or higher taxes now seems inevitable. The problem that the European Union will have is getting other countries across the world involved.

2 weeks ago

EasyJet Seizes on Thomas Cook’s Demise With New Packaged Vacation Offerings

EasyJet Seizes on Thomas Cook’s Demise With New Packaged Vacation Offerings

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With Thomas Cook out of the way, there's certainly more space in the package holiday market. People still want to buy these types of holidays, and EasyJet is a well-known brand. Can it be successful where other low-cost carriers have failed?

4 weeks ago

Airlines Still Think They Can Offset Their Way Out of Climate Catastrophe

Airlines Still Think They Can Offset Their Way Out of Climate Catastrophe

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airlines are much more comfortable talking about mitigating climate change through incremental changes such as more efficient aircraft and carbon offsets. But these don't alter the fundamental problem. Flying is bad for the environment, and it's only going to get worse as demand keeps rising.

4 weeks ago

Airbus Targets Early 2030s for First Emission-Free Regional Aircraft

Airbus Targets Early 2030s for First Emission-Free Regional Aircraft

Layan Odeh and Siddharth Philip, Bloomberg

The pressure is building on manufactures to speed up the development of aircraft capable of using alternatives to jet fuel. The problem is change isn't coming fast enough.

4 weeks ago

Ryanair CEO: ‘No Justification’ for More Environmental Taxes on Air Travel

Ryanair CEO: ‘No Justification’ for More Environmental Taxes on Air Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airlines think they can win over consumers, investors, and other stakeholders with their environmental spin. Ryanair is clearly doing some things right, but the sector has a structural problem that isn't going to be solved by tweaking the edges.

1 month ago

Finnair Sees No Impact From Flight Shame Movement

Finnair Sees No Impact From Flight Shame Movement

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Flight shaming as a concept is now well established, and airlines are certainly under much more pressure to showcase their green credentials. The impact on passenger numbers, however, is so far limited.

2 months ago

Germany Targets Discount Airlines as It Plans New Airline Ticket Tax

Germany Targets Discount Airlines as It Plans New Airline Ticket Tax

Arne Delfs, Siddharth Philip and Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

Hmmm. Has Mrs. Merkel been listening to Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr? He has been criticizing discount airlines, including Ryanair, for contributing more than their share of pollution. This German government plan would have a bigger impact on discount airlines than full-service ones, according to Bloomberg. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary can't like that.

2 months ago

Germany Mulls Increased Airline Tax to Curb Emissions

Germany Mulls Increased Airline Tax to Curb Emissions

William Wilkes, Arne Delfs and Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

Airlines wont be happy about increased taxes, but the industry needs to face up to its environmental impact. Making it more expensive to fly shorter, domestic routes makes sense especially if there are viable rail options instead.

3 months ago

Why U.S. Airline Carbon Emissions Keep Rising

Why U.S. Airline Carbon Emissions Keep Rising

David Koenig, Associated Press

We've been beating this drum for a while now. It's true that aircraft are much more efficient than they once were, but this doesn't matter if the industry keeps growing at such a pace.

3 months ago

IATA CEO Wants Help, Not New Taxes, in Bid to Cut Airline Emissions

IATA CEO Wants Help, Not New Taxes, in Bid to Cut Airline Emissions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

If governments are serious about reducing the environmental impact of aviation, they may have to make biofuels a more attractive alternative. However, this might come at the cost of taxing ordinary jet fuel, something that will likely upset a lot of airlines.

3 months ago

EasyJet CEO Calls Out Legacy Rivals in Battle Over Airline Emissions

EasyJet CEO Calls Out Legacy Rivals in Battle Over Airline Emissions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The growth of low-cost carriers has helped make travel more accessible but it has come at an environmental cost. Airlines like EasyJet are hoping that electric technology will one day act as a savior, but it's hard to imagine battery-powered commercial jets ever flying across the Atlantic.

3 months ago