We all love cheap flights. Everyone loves a bargain and so you would automatically think that the news recently from Easy-Jet and Ryannair saying that they would slash fares across Europe to attract passengers would be good.
Surely a price war amongst the budget airlines has to be good for business.
OK, perhaps good for travel but what about the environment?
The trouble with all of this is that what maybe good for the consumer may be disastrous for the environment. It would seem to be ironic at the aviation industry announcing record increases in the number of flights worldwide less than a week off to the worlds scientists warned that we may just how eight years to do something about greenhouse gas pollution to stave off the worst effects of Global warming.
It would appear that yet again the villain of the piece is the rapidly expanding and booming Chinese economy. Apparently a rapidly expanding did mom for domestic flights in China has appeared to be a makeshift To list in helping to not check the number off global trade costs shake your for the month of May 80 possibly exceed for the first time 2.5 million.
Add this fact to the news from the likes of Easy-Jet and Ryannair and you will get some sort of idea why this surge in the popularity on the low cost airlines means that there are 5% more flights during this period and tearing the same period last year. This corresponds to more than 114,000 more flights than last year.
Opinion on all this information is as you would imagine divided. From the aviation industry perspective Duncan Alex on the, managing director of aviation analyst firm OAG said from an industry perspective this healthy growth bodes very well for the future.
The trouble is, as you would expect, an opinion viewed less favourably by climate experts and environmental campaigners.
A global warming researcher in Manchester Universitys Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Kevin Anderson said While this might be good news for the aviation industry and its shareholders, its bad news climate and ultimately its our children that will pay the price.
The problem with all of this is that though aviation only contributes roughly about 2% of global emissions the additional problem is that aviation is the fasted growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Unlike other sources of greenhouse gas emissions there is no immediate technological fix on the horizon for the aviation industry.
So it would appear that what may be just what the bank manager ordered for the summer holiday may actually be disastrous in the long term for our children and our childrens childrens children.
Bit of a problem eh what?