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 […]

Lasst Europa schneller fliegen

Als Frankreich und Deutschland ihre Schnellzugnetze gebaut haben, revolutionierten sie so den Schienenpersonenverkehr in Europa. Was mit dem Fernbus von Brüssel nach Paris vier bis fünf Stunden dauert, kann mit dem Thalys-Zug in etwas mehr als einer Stunde erreicht werden. Das Gleiche gilt für das ICE-Netzwerk. Der Wechsel von langsamen Regionalzügen zu schnellen und futuristischen […]

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 […]

“Free” public transport means more expensive public transport

In a press conference on Monday, Luxembourg’s Ministry of Transport under François Bausch (Greens) announced the details of “free” public transport in the country. As of March 1, 2020, all public transport services, will be free of charge. Cross-border rides will cost less, as customers will pay only for the fares in France, Belgium or […]

Chers élus, laissez les trottinettes électriques rouler

[Introduction de La Tribune]: Dans les grands centres urbains du monde entier, un petit nombre d’entreprises a déployé des technologies qui devraient être l’une des solutions les plus innovantes aux énormes problèmes de circulation et de mobilité qui affligent nos villes. Avec la nouvelle loi sur l’orientation de la mobilité (LOM), cet avantage pourrait être […]

Can the government speed up innovation?

The European Union is demanding that vehicles see considerable reductions in CO2 emissions by setting ambitious targets in the years to come. However, politicians fail to understand that it’s economic incentives that drive innovation, not fines and subsidies.

Flights are cheap, and that’s a good thing

In a recent editorial for the Luxembourgish newspaper Tageblatt, Francis Wagner writes that air travel is too cheap, or, as he put it, “dirt cheap”. While Wagner does recognise that lower fares have democratised travel, he also believes that current rates are damaging consumers.