Flying in Europe up to 30 times cheaper than train, says Greenpeace

(The Guardian, 20 Jul 2023) Campaigners say cheap flights, made possible by tax breaks for airlines, are encouraging people to heat the planet.

Europe’s cheap flights and pricey train tickets promote dirty forms of transport, campaigners say, with “outrageous” tax breaks encouraging people to heat the planet as they head on holiday.

Train tickets are double the price of flights for the same routes, on average, according to an analysis from Greenpeace published on Thursday. The campaigners compared tickets on 112 routes on nine different days. To get from London to Barcelona, they found, the cost of taking the train is up to 30 times the cost of jumping on a plane.

Holiday destinations across Europe this week have been baking in deadly heat made hotter by greenhouse gases released from burning fossil fuels.

“€10 airline tickets are only possible because others, like workers and taxpayers, pay the true cost,” said Lorelei Limousin, a climate campaigner at Greenpeace. “For the planet and people’s sake, politicians must act to turn this situation around and make taking the train the more affordable option.”

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The Guardian, 20 Jul 2023: Flying in Europe up to 30 times cheaper than train, says Greenpeace