Climate activists arrested after blocking private jets in Amsterdam airport

Dutch border police arrested hundreds of climate activists who stormed Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and sat in front of the wheels of aircraft to prevent them from leaving. More than 100 protesters, wearing white suits, entered an area where private jets are kept on Saturday as part of a day of demonstrations in and around the airport organised by environmental groups. Greenpeace says Schiphol is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the Netherlands, emitting 12bn kilograms annually. Extinction Rebellion was also involved in the action. Hundreds of other demonstrators in and around the airport’s main hall carried signs saying “Restrict aviation” and “More trains”.

— source | 5 Nov 2022

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American Airlines spent $12 billion on stock buybacks during flush times

American Airlines’ $29 billion in debt and massive share buybacks are coming under increased scrutiny as the aviation industry looks for government aid to deal with tumbling sales from the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. airlines, including Fort Worth-based American, have asked Congress for $58 billion in direct aid and low- or no-interest loans to keep business afloat as travel demand deteriorates amid increasing restrictions on public life to deal with the spreading virus. But it comes after years of airlines stockpiling debt and spending billions to drive up stock prices through buybacks. American Airlines has spent about $12.4 billion on stock repurchases since 2014. Southwest has spent $10.7 billion buying back stock.

— source | Mar 18, 2020

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Young Britisher’s flying habit

Britons fly abroad more than any other nation and worldwide emissions from flying are expected to grow significantly if left unchecked. Yet most people don’t fly – around half those in the UK don’t fly and 95% of people worldwide have never even been in a plane. half of flights taken by men aged 20-45 last year were for stag dos and over a third taken by women were for hen dos. Flying is one of the single biggest individual choices that can impact climate change, as flying uses a LOT of fuel. This stat based on a survey of 2,002 adults aged 20-45 conducted by Censuswide in November 2019.

— source | Feb 2020

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