The latest statistics revealed that Britain is the largest polluter in Europe from private plane travel, with flights from Luton to New York causing the highest carbon dioxide emissions each year, and flights entering or leaving the United Kingdom nearly One-fifth of Europe's private jet emissions, which increased by nearly a third between 2005 and 2019, according to an analysis by the Transport and Environment Group.
The use of private jets also continued during the Covid-19 pandemic, and by August 2020, when many Europeans were grounded and commercial flights were down 60% year-on-year, private jet traffic had returned to pre-existing levels epidemic.
Nice was the most popular airport in the top 10, which the report claims also confirms that wealthy people use private jets to enjoy the sunshine rather than do business.
London Luton and Farnborough Airports participated in six of the ten most polluted routes taking off or landing in Europe, and there were 565 flights between Luton and Teterboro, New York, although there was a commercial option between Heathrow and John F. Kennedy, 1,390 between Nice and Farnborough and 113 between Hong Kong and Luton.
Private jets account for about 2% of aviation emissions, but their pollution is growing faster than commercial aviation.
Only 1% of people account for 50% of global aviation emissions, the report says, adding that it reveals the huge role that the wealthy play in traveling on private jets for very short distances.
The analysis claims that a four-hour private flight emits as much as the average person in a year, and private jets leaving the UK and France are the biggest sources of pollution, accounting for more than a third (36%) of Europe's private flight emissions between them.
It is also among the top ten countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Portugal, and Ireland.