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The climate debate has very little influence

The records come thick and fast. Not only those of the temperatures, because it is the earth becoming warmer, but also those of the passenger numbers at Zurich

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The climate debate has very little influence

The records come thick and fast. Not only those of the temperatures, because it is the earth becoming warmer, but also those of the passenger numbers at Zurich airport. Last year, over 30 million travelers flew for the first time, Kloten, of which about 22 million from Switzerland and the border regions were. The airport reported this week record sales, the Swiss record profits. And, most importantly, the delays and the Chaos in the sky. "The airports in Europe are at the Limit and can't keep up with the increasing travel needs of the people," warned Swiss-CEO Thomas Klühr a press conference held on Thursday.

at the same time globally hundreds of thousands of people for more environmental protection on the road. An enemy image of the climate strikes: flying. The young Swede Greta Thunberg is the face of the protests that began months ago with their strike in front of the Swedish Parliament, it soon became a global movement. Thunberg, travels only by train, calls for the flight waiver and was nominated this week for the Nobel peace prize.

In Switzerland, it was before Christmas the first student strikes; the climate theme is so dominant that even the FDP-President Petra Gössi want to trim your business-friendly party on the protection of the environment. Greens and green liberals said at the Canton elections in the next few weeks, and in the national elections held in the autumn of gains. The call to flight, renunciation of all other the Best is louder, politicians are not supposed to fly more trips to Europe.

to feel more and more passengers and flights

At the airport in Zurich. In January it recorded a 5.8 per cent more passengers than in the same month last year, in February of 3.4 percent. The need for global mobility continues, says media spokeswoman Jasmin Bodmer. The airport is expected for the year 2019 and beyond, but a little more conservative, with a growth of 3 per cent in passenger traffic and 1.5% in flight movements. "The climate debate has, according to our assessment, but only a very small influence on it," says Bodmer.

The passenger figures to take in Kloten steadily, interrupted this Trend only by means of the Swissair Grounding in 2001. The flight movements vary since then, but are now on an upward trend. Graphics: Patrick Vögeli

airport CEO Stefan Contrary does not believe in a reversal of the trend in the air travel. The boys would hardly fly less, even if the ticket prices would be artificially raised. "A flight tax will not lead to the fact that in an increasingly networked society, less is flown," said Contrary to the annual media conference last Tuesday.

the Swiss is, as their CEO Thomas Klühr said at the annual media conference last Wednesday. The most important airline in Kloten is expecting in the summer with more passengers than in the record year of 2018. You want to routes, new planes, single Otten, and soon two new long-haul.

Thus, the emissions do not get out of hand, says Swiss chief from the CO2-compensation program Corsia (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme). The member States of the International civil aviation organization (Icao) CO2-set goals, even Switzerland is one of them. Starting this year, the CO2 must be captured-emissions, starting in 2021, the Airlines should have to compensate for a part of it.

share global: 0.6%

Whether it's in Switzerland now, more or less, will be flown on the global CO2 balance but only little influence. The global share of CO2 emissions by the air travel is roughly 3 percent of the entire transport sector consumes about 24 percent, of which part coincides with almost 18 percent of the gross on the street.

For the Switzerland looks slightly different, the air and sea transport emissions have a share of less than 10 percent of the total CO2. On a worldwide scale, the Swiss share of the global air transport in terms of emissions but only 0.6 percent – 5 million tonnes of Swiss CO2 781 million tons, compared with the world.

new aircraft, New technology

The proportion should be reduced. The Swiss wants to make the new, energy-efficient aircraft. The outdated Airbus A340, the use of four engines, a lot of fuel to be replaced soon by the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787. The Swiss gets a whiter vest, with the new technology, it is grown in Zurich in the last few years, CO2-neutral, said CEO Klühr at the annual media conference.

The old technology disappears, but is not easy, as the past shows, but is exploited by other Airlines far heritage: the Swiss renewed their fleet with the Boeing 777, wandered the A340, in part, to the sister company Edelweiss.

but There are also efforts of the entire industry: the Newly developed aircraft will have to comply with limits, already from 2020, this attack.

airport reduces CO2 emissions

The airport also strives to lower CO2 emissions, according to the climate report. Once about 50'000 tons of CO2 in 1990, this value could be reduced, despite several expansions and passenger growth to 30'000 tons. By 2030 it will be only a little over 20'000 tons, as media spokeswoman Jasmin Bodmer confirmed.

In aviation, not as much traffic as possible, but as many of the direct connections was the goal of the airport. For this, they wanted to put an adequate infrastructure.

student: "exceptions should be possible remains to be"

The finding: in Spite of the growing climate protection movement is flown in Switzerland, merrily. 2018, more than ever before, and also in 2019, the Trend is only upwards. The reason for this is simple, as the Zurich student and climate activist Jonas Kampus in an Interview, said: "as Long as the fly is much cheaper than train travel, it is logical that the people fly a lot."

And even the Swiss Matura, which fought the ban at their high schools for a flight, don't have to sacrifice on air travel, as one of the activists explained: "exceptions should be possible. Even if we are fighting for the climate, we should be allowed our lives to enjoy."

Klühr: Less detours fly

In an Interview with the "Aargauer Zeitung" alludes to the Swiss-CEO Thomas Klühr on this point. "The young flies more than the older Generation," Klühr. It had become more global, studying abroad and have friends there. He is, therefore, the question of how the boys presented the mobility in the next decades. "I think the commitment of the climate-strike-youth-strong, but it must also be allowed to ask questions," says Klühr.

A possible answer Klühr provides: A single airspace in Europe would enable more-efficient routes. Today, aircraft must often fly detours. For Klühr of the Single European Sky is the largest climate protection project in Europe – 12 percent of air emissions could be saved, he says in the Interview.

airport: "train is a suitable means of transport"

At the airport of Zurich is aware of the fact that climate change is one of the great challenges of our time. "The solution begins in our own consumption, and in this respect, a conscious handling of the own travel is beneficial," says media spokesperson Bodmer. "But it is also important to understand that climate protection is only effective if the major global consumers are involved, which is why it needs to be global solutions."

The airport also points to other effects. "The economy, tourism, as well as the technology and Research in Switzerland the need for as many inter-continental Directly," says Jasmin Bodmer. "A limitation of the operation would be us as well as Switzerland as a business location damage," said the media spokesperson. But the airport is: "Within Europe, the train is certainly a suitable means of transport."

Whether the operation in Kloten, because only with long-distance connections would work in the negative Bodmer. "The long-haul destinations are dependent on transfer traffic and a strong competitiveness," says the spokeswoman. These transfer passengers currently make up around 28 per cent of all travellers. 72 per cent come from Switzerland and the border regions, in 2018, more than 22 million passengers. Almost 9 million were only there to Change trains at Zurich airport, and this need continues to be, says Bodmer: "A break-in of transfer passengers would be offered a impact on the competitiveness of long-haul." (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 15.03.2019, 17:37 PM

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