Environmentalists wary as private jet demand soars post lockdown

Demand for private jets is surging in Europe after a brief slump during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to warnings that flying privately is far worse for the environment than taking a commercial flight.

The European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E), which campaigns for clean travel, says private jets are ten times more carbon-intensive than airlines on average, and 50 times more polluting than trains.

A four-hour private jet emits as much CO2 as an average person in an entire year, it says.

“Flying on a private jet is probably the worst thing you can do for the environment. And yet, super-rich super polluters are flying around like there’s no climate crisis,”

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