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22 Jan 2010 12:01:08

Budget airlines have lower carbon footprint



Budget airlines have lower carbon footprint
A new report has claimed that no-frills airlines cost less for the environment with their low carbon footprint.

Budget airlines create a smaller carbon footprint, according to a new report.

The travel search engine Liligo claims that "no-frills" airlines cost less for the environment because they pack in more passengers and promote mainly short-haul destinations.

Planes belonging to carriers Ryanair or Eastjet were on average only three years old and already designed for energy-efficiency.

An average customer could reduce their carbon footprint by 20 per cent if they flew with a budget airline instead of one of the larger carriers in business class, concluded the study.

Gbenga Kogbe, UK manager at the search engine, said: “For a long time the popularity of low-cost airlines has been attacked by environmental campaigners, but our analysis reveals that low-budget airlines are conveying passengers with a lower carbon footprint than many other airlines.

"Interestingly, their drive for cost-savings also makes these airlines far more carbon efficient."

The search engine is one of the first to factor in the environmental impact of flying into its results by enabling users to see the potential carbon footprint of each flight deal.

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Duncan wrote:

22 Jan 2010

Is it me or is this report quite simply ridiculous? “No-frills” airlines being positioned as somehow better than the alternatives... almost acceptable.

How does the Liligo report possibly compare a long haul flight to let’s say Singapore with a flight to Aberdeen. I would say get on the train to Aberdeen. I would say don’t use government subsidised cheep aviation fuel to increase the numbers of those who fly, thus dramatically increasing the emissions unnecessarily.
Also i do have to congratulate the creative thinking that conjured up the argument that Ryanair and Easy jet could be positioned as environmentally conscious because they have new planes (because they are a new business).. thus they are polluting less!! I would imagine that the procurement team asked how to make a planes fly for less! Not how could they reduce their emissions!

Then the comment above: “An average customer could reduce their carbon footprint by 20 per cent if they flew with a budget airline instead of one of the larger carriers in business class“
This is similar to comparing apples and bananas. How did business class creep into the comparison. Call me sceptical but I would imagine that the person manipulated the statistics in the report by picking the reduced baggage allowance associated with these “No-Frills” companies with the larger baggage allowance associated with business class. Why was there no reference made to a comparison with economy class.. which incidentally accounts for the majority of the seats?

As for Mr Gbenga Kobe’s comment that environmentalists are attacking low cost airlines. We understand that Mr Kogbe must earn a significant amount from tickets sold on no-frills planes, and thus concerned about any negative press effecting his sales.... but no-frills airlines are responsible for a dramatic increase in air travel.. thus responsible for a dramatic increase in emissions! Let’s not pretend otherwise.




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