Norweigan Flight Prices Halved in the Last Decade

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writer icon Wilma Johansson     Gerrie van der Walt   |   Sustainability     🕐 04. Jul. 2019

One day's worth of wages is all it takes to fly from Norway to New York. Ten years ago you would have had to work almost three days to afford that same stretch flight.

A recently published report by Norwegian environmental organisation Framtiden i våre hender (Future in our hands), shows that  flight prices have halved, in relation to income, in the Nordic country.

"It is completely mad. A trip like that should be a privilege that is rarely used, not for a long weekend here and there," says Anja Bakken Riise, executive at Framtiden i våre hender.

Future in our hands
Framtiden i våre hender is the largest environmental organisation in Norway, with about 30 000 members. It is run as an NGO, and is also completely "independent from political parties or religious groups".

Their executive, Riise, is asking government bodies to step in and influence the prices for flights.  Amongst other things, passenger fees for long distance flights have to be increased, Norwegian public broadcaster NRK notes.

Oslo – New York
The recently released report on Norwegian flight costs and public demand, called 'Oslo – New York på en dagslønn' (Oslo – New York for a day's wage), looks at more flight segments than just the Oslo to New York leg.

Using to the Myclimate flight calculator, which "determines the quantity of CO2 emissions that an aeroplane gives off per passenger for a given flight distance," the report also shows that during a return trip leg to Bangkok, "each and every one of us emits 3,8 tonnes of CO2-equivalents".

These types of flight segments should not be made as affordable and appealing to consumers as they currently are. “When we at the same time know that demand for flight tickets for these [travel] stretches are heavily influenced by pricing, this helps explain the strong growth we see in overseas travel by flight” the report concludes.

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