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Flight of shame? Not in the case of Swiss customers

The Greta-effect – less fly for the climate. In April, more and more people with the Swiss flew than in the previous year. And also at the airport of Zurich, the flight numbers are in the first quarter of 2019 has risen.

a flight of shame, as is discussed in Sweden is currently is in this country. The aircraft industry, investing, meanwhile, is a lot of money to make the machines more environmentally friendly. However, the progress is not sufficient, apparently.

In April, the Swiss carried 3% more passengers than in April of last year. A total of 1.65 million passengers flew with the Swiss Airline, as announced.

after the first quarter, the year-on-year surpassed the figures. This is all the more remarkable, as the Swiss finished in the past year, a record-breaking year. The Numbers show that flying is more popular.

The international air transport Association Iata anticipates that by the year 2037 8.2 billion passengers will be traveling. This would be in comparison to today, around the Double. This also has to output an impact on the Fuel: the World's air traffic is for about 2 percent of all emissions.

The industry has not recognized the signs of the time, it is only since the climate strikes: Less emissions pays for itself. You want to build more efficient aircraft that use less fuel. A lot of money in the first place save.

The two major aircraft manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus assume that in the next few years, the demand for new aircraft will rise. At the same time, the EU wants that by 2050 the CO2 emissions from aircraft by up to 75 percent is to be reduced. This brings the aircraft designers a lot of research work into the house.

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The state of research in batteries for electric-powered aircraft to show, for example, that you could not put in a larger machine, and long-haul flights for a long time on this drive.

another possibility for a more sustainable aviation fuels are made from plant material. However, the sector is at a turning point, says Freya Burton, sustainability Director at Lanzatech, a producer of fuel waste from industry, to the BBC. It has the necessary infrastructure and investments to increase production, lack says.

And: The biofuel is more expensive than regular kerosene. As long as this is so, do not be Airlines require it.

However, not only the drive to try aircraft manufacturers and Airlines to cut emissions. The aircraft will be about and is trying to reduce with modified aerodynamics, fuel consumption.

Gray is, in spite of all the efforts of the industry a little bit positive conclusion: "No other industry has spent a lot of money for the improvement of their performance. But all the advantages resulting therefrom, are compensated for by the growth of air transport."

So that passengers can now fly with less bad Conscience, do not put Airlines such as Swiss and Edelweiss, but only on new technologies. You offer directly to their booking platforms opportunities for CO2-compensation, as the Newspapers of CH Media reported at the weekend. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 13.05.2019, 16:15 Uhr

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