EU green travel plans set to deter millions of tourists from visiting Spain

Spain’s tourism industry could lose millions of tourists in the coming year due to European Union plans to reduce gas emissions by 55% until 2030, which will affect the price of

According to a Deloitte report, the environmental measures introduced may affect ticket taxes and sustainable aviation, as biofuels could be responsible for 11 million fewer international tourists in Spain, reports

The European country is heavily dependent on tourism, and these measures could cost billions in revenue generated by tourism as well as 430,000 jobs in the industry.

On the other hand, the EU plans to reduce its carbon emissions, in particular by reducing the impact of the aeronautical industry on the environment. Other measures introduced as part of the Fit for 55 plan include a limit on the use of sustainable aviation fuels set at 5%, which consequently means more expensive tickets.

Deloitte’s report further predicts that 11 million international tourists could be discouraged by higher travel costs. Compared to accommodation, catering and other sectors dependent on tourism, travel would represent around 12 billion euros of expenditure.

“In the aviation sector, we are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. We share the goal with the EU and with our government, but we believe there are other solutions on the way. to achieve this objective which are more efficient and favorable for the economy and employment”, said the president of the Spanish Airlines Association (ALA), Javier Gándara.

But is all the effort worth it? A Bloomberg report found that private jet use has increased by a third in recent months among wealthy passengers, with the figure even up from pre-pandemic levels. This means that air pollution rates have increased over this period, which the EU is trying to reduce.

The data also shows that London is the city with the highest number of private jet flights in July – 12,000 of them, while the most bookings were recorded for Naples, Amsterdam and Berlin. Demand for private jets has also been noticed in cities like Istanbul, Hamburg and Tel Aviv, as booking rates have surpassed pre-pandemic levels.

“The level of convenience is simply unmatched when you rely on scheduled airlines that haven’t replenished their game,” Richard Koe, managing director at WingX, said.

The aviation industry has been affected by the post-COVID-19 period, as numerous strikes, crew shortages and other irregularities have been reported, in addition to long waiting hours and efforts to travel environmentally in the bloc. 27 nations.

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