More than every second flight is a short haul – like before Corona

Short-haul flights were also popular during the crisis: trips over short distances made up more than 50 percent of all flights. Green Chancellor candidate Baerbock wants to change that – with bans.

Even with the significant decline in air travel in the corona pandemic, a good every second passenger flight was on the short-haul route last year. In 2020, flights with a distance of up to 1000 kilometers accounted for 53 percent of all passenger flights that took off or landed at the main German airports, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Friday in Wiesbaden.

The proportion was similar to the year before the pandemic, where it was 54 percent. In total, there were around 313,000 short-haul flights.

In 2020, every seventh passenger flight in Germany was a domestic flight – in total, this was around 85,000. “It is not recorded whether it is a feeder flight or not,” explained the statisticians. Almost half (48 percent) of all domestic flights were between 400 and 500 kilometers. That applied to around 41,000 flights.

Baerbock wants to abolish short-haul flights due to CO2 emissions

Green Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock had spoken out in favor of abolishing the short-haul and cheap flights that are considered harmful to the climate. It is unfair that taxpayers’ money is subsidizing kerosene for planes, while long-distance train journeys are expensive, especially at peak times, she criticized.

According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), passenger flights in Germany in 2020 were responsible for CO2 emissions totaling 9.75 million tons.

Of this, 740,000 tons were accounted for by purely domestic flights, which corresponds to a share of almost eight percent.

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