It will be more expensive to travel by plane. After all, the European Parliament, EU member states and the European Commission have recently decided to expand the European system of emission rights for aviation. However, this also raises the question of whether the measure will actually promote sustainable aviation, and whether cheap air travel will be impossible from now on. Had about this Business AM radio a conversation with aviation specialist Luk De Wilde.
Why is this important?The emission quotas will undoubtedly make air travel within Europe – for both tourists and business travelers – more expensive. However, according to Luk De Wilde, this trend has been going on for some time. After the corona crisis, prices began to rise slightly, with a peak in the months of November and December. But now, according to the aviation specialist, a number of elements are being added, primarily due to the goal of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases in aviation.
Emission trading: The tariff increase for European aviation is the result of an extension of the European Emissions Trading System, which was agreed at European level in December.
- Airlines with less polluting aircraft have to pay less, colleagues with a fleet that causes higher emissions have to pay more.
- It has an impact on all sorts of things, but of course also on the ticket price and there will undoubtedly be a price increase, but according to Luk De Wilde, the situation in Belgium will probably not be that bad.
- The question is, of course, whether the additional cost can actually make a difference and will contribute to improving the living environment.
- “That’s always the question,” De Wilde admits. “In Belgium, the embarkation tax was introduced last year, primarily aimed at shorter flights. These are taxes that vary from 6 euros to 20 euros per ticket.”
- “If that money simply disappears into the treasury and is not used to support sustainability measures, it is obviously a losing operation.”
- “That’s why there should be more clarity to see where the extra money goes and where it’s actually invested in sustainability.”
From prices: It has been suggested in various circles that the introduction of low-cost flights offered by some price stunters will become a thing of the past, also to tourist destinations in southern Europe.
- However, De Wilde assumes that such offers will also be noticed in the future.
- “That was also the case in the past, but there is always a very limited number of flights offered at these super low prices.”
- “Budget flyers such as Ryanair and EasyJet are the masters of this, and it is clearly about stunt prices. However, there are starting prices here.”
- The aviation specialist also points out that it is often very difficult to get a ticket at the super low prices.
- “After all, there are usually one to three seats in an entire flight offered at such low prices,” notes De Wilde.
- Such a system can also be found in other companies. Airlines such as KLM or Brussels Airlines also regularly launch campaigns with low prices. “But these are always starting prices,” warns De Wilde. “The chance that a traveler can find a ticket at such a low price is therefore very small.”
Hear the entire interview with aviation specialist Luk De Wilde at Business AM radio.