Nevertheless, we fly more than most Europeans
Almost every second Swiss suffers from flight shame
A survey by the low-cost airline Easyjet in seven European countries shows that many Swiss travelers board the plane with a guilty conscience.
The Swiss like to fly and fly often – but they also know about the negative effects.
The Swiss want to go on holiday abroad again. And the plane is a popular means of transport to quickly escape from everyday life. The market research institute Yougov surveyed 1,000 people in Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands on behalf of the British low-cost airline Easyjet.
Almost every fourth Swiss citizen stated that they had completed five or more European flights in the past five years. This puts Switzerland in first place among the countries surveyed, as “CH Media” reported on Saturday.
At the same time, the Swiss are aware that they harm the environment by flying. Because in no other country was the so-called flight shame greater. Over 40 percent feel guilty about the negative effects of their own flight.
More expensive tickets for green flights
Fridays For Future or environmental activist Greta Thunberg (19) definitely have an influence on the discussion. Almost every second person surveyed from Switzerland is willing to pay around 10 percent more for greener flight tickets if the flight does not produce any emissions. On the other hand, 28 percent of people were not at all willing to buy a more expensive boarding pass.
However, flying without pollutants and without a guilty conscience is currently possible, especially in theory.
The Swiss recently announced that they want to fly partly with solar kerosene from next year. However, the ecological conversion will take years. For example, Swiss has set itself the goal of having 11 percent of the kerosene required come from renewable sources by 2030.
Airline ticket levy not popular
In order to comply with the climate goals, a flight ticket tax is always an issue on the political stage. Easyjet also wanted to ask for opinions on this tax. A third of the Swiss surveyed fundamentally reject a ticket tax in this country. Meanwhile, 19 percent thought that passengers should pay a tax depending on the flight distance. (you)