Policy Primer on supersonic air travel released

In the context of my work for the Consumer Choice Center, I co-authored a new policy primer on supersonic air travel in Europe, together with the CCC’s Senior European Affairs Manager Luca Bertoletti. You can read the full report here.

Make planes more efficient… by using them!

Growing up, I lived next to an airport. It isn’t an airport that does connecting flights, nor does it allow for night flights. However, arrivals and departures are audible, and during the occasional military airplane test run, the windows tend to vibrate accordingly. Both my parents and I recognize that things have changed over the […]

Don’t follow Europe on the anti-flight craze

While the Conservative leadership race dominates the news in the UK, the European Union is continuing to regulate as usual. At a recent European Council, the Netherlands proposed an EU departure tax, which would add a levy of €7 (£6.25) to every flight departing from an airport inside of a member state. The tax has […]

Le vol, c’est mal

Le secteur de l’aviation est critiqué en permanence par des acteurs politiques et des activistes environnementaux. En Suède, le secteur a même annoncé des difficultés financières en raison du “flygskam” ou du “smygflyga”. Les mots décrivent le phénomène d’humiliation des consommateurs qui se décident de prendre l’avion, et que par conséquent, s’ils le font, ils […]

Allow Europe to go supersonic

When France built its high-speed rail network, it revolutionised the way we looked at train travel. What takes 4-5 hours by long-distance bus from Brussels to Paris can now be completed in just over an hour with a Thalys train. Dumping slow regional trains for fast and futuristic new models has brought more comfort and […]

Democratising travel

This blog post was published on the website of the Consumer Choice Center, and is part of the CCC’s #HandsOffMyCheapFlights crowd-funding campaign. The CCC asks individuals to donate €7 to the campaign, to fight the air travel departure tax, currently suggested by the Netherlands in the European Council. Recent news: the European Commissioned has been […]

Europe is not an example for the Green New Deal in practice

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” suggests replacing air travel with high-speed rail connections. But the comparisons drawn with Europe ignore that despite massive investments on the Old Continent, prices remain non-competitive with air travel and that state-run rail crumbles under its own inefficiency.