The great airline refund scam

At first 12, now 16 EU member states are looking to overturn rules requiring airlines to refund passengers with cash payments if their flight had been cancelled as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions. The companies have been lobbying the European Council to disable Regulation (EC) No 261/2004 of the European Parliament and of the […]

[Reportage] Phänomen vun de Geeschterfligeren gouf temporär gestoppt

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert, an ass de 7. Abrëll iwwerdroe ginn. De ganze Beitrag fënnt een och hei. Am Ufank vun der Corona-Kris sinn an Europa eidel Passagéierfligere geflunn. Dat läit un enger Reegelung vun de Fluchhäfen, déi elo an der Kritik steet. Keng Passagéier, keng Bagagen: An deenen éischte Woche sinn […]

Read my lips: air travel is good

The so-called flygskamers, or ‘flight-shamers’, are everywhere. The flight shaming movement initially started in Sweden, then proceeded to spread its wings (ironically, at first) across Europe.

[Reportage] Hansen: China Gewënner vun Airbus-Boeing Handelssträit

Dëse Reportage gouf fir RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg produzéiert ginn, an ass de 6. November iwwerdroe ginn. Den Handelssträit zwëschen den USA an der Europäescher Unioun gëtt momentan intensiv iwwer d’Entreprisen Boeing an Airbus gefourt. Béid Säiten si bereed Strofzëll ze erhéigen, mat kengem direkte Kompromëss en vue. D’leschte Mount huet d’Administratioun vum Donald Trump sech […]

EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

“Climate action” politicians are collapsing under the weight of their own hypocrisy. The European moraliser Think Paris Climate Accord, renewable energy, hybrid cars, Greta Thunberg. All either a product of or very popular in Europe. Environmentalists in the United States are looking up to the courage of European politicians to solve climate change, be it […]

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 […]