The number of private flights to and from Schiphol and Rotterdam The Hague Airport is increasing strongly. In the first 9 months of this year, there were already more private flights than in all of 2019, before the corona pandemic. This is the conclusion of a study by CE Delft commissioned by Greenpeace Netherlands. The CO2 emissions of these private flights are equivalent to the annual emissions of almost 40.000 cars.
Jetset flies a lot and short
Businesses, the government and wealthy individuals make frequent use of private jets for business and leisure travel. In the first 9 months of 2022, 16.147 private jets flew to or from Schiphol or Rotterdam Airport. 1 in 3 of these private flights are used for distances of less than 500 kilometers. Popular destinations are London, Paris, and even Antwerp, cities that are also very easy to reach by train. In addition, a lot of flights are flown to holiday resorts such as Mallorca, Ibiza and Cannes.
The shortest flight in the study is in the name of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen. His plane flew several times between Cannes and Nice, a distance of only 25 kilometers and flight time of about 18 minutes. The private plane of Nikkie Plessen and her husband was rented out 10 times in March for flights to Austria. This often concerns ski holidays. The Shell aircraft made the most flights of all aircraft examined. Of the 183 flights, no fewer than 130 were under 500 km.
Private jet exception
Never before has it been investigated how much CO2 emissions are caused by private flights. These emissions do not fall under the climate targets set by the Dutch government for aviation. The private jets also do not count in the maximum of 440.000 flights from Schiphol that Minister Harbers announced.
Luxury Emissions Business Class
Business class passengers take up a lot of space on the plane with their luxurious seats. CE Delft's research shows that if business class is replaced by regular seats, many more passengers can take it. KLM's commercial flights can then carry between 11% and 28% more passengers.
On November 5, Greenpeace Netherlands and Extinction Rebellion Netherlands will take joint action to stop the pollution of Schiphol with the SOS for the climate campaign, according to the report. Greenpeace.