Davos, which calls for environmental protection, receives 1,500 private aircraft, officials say

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 Davos, which calls for environmental protection, receives 1,500 private aircraft, officials say


AirCharter Service (ACS) expects about 1,500 private planes to pick up participants this week. According to private aircraft rental companies, this figure is higher than 1,300 in 2018.

Andy Christie, head of ACS private aircraft business, said in a statement: We have received orders from different countries and regions, such as Hong Kong, India and the United States. There is no other activity in the world that has such a huge demand for private aircraft. Since Davos does not have its own airport, the four main airports used by private aircraft users participating in the forum are Zurich, DU bendorf, St. Gallen-Altenrhein and St. Moritz.

PrivateFly.com, a private aircraft service company, has made similar estimates: 1,200 to 1,500 private aircraft will enter and leave airports around Davos, twice the average daily flow of flights in the region. Zurich Airport is the main airport used by private aircraft customers flying to Davos, which is an hour and 45 minutes away from Davos. Therefore, some participants will charter a helicopter to shorten the transit time.

Oliver Cann, Director of Strategic Communication at the World Economic Forum, refuted that prediction. Instead, Cann said in an article on the WEF website that private jet traffic from Davos participants is expected to drop 14% this year from 2018. The reason for the difference is that ACS counts the traffic data of the four airports mentioned above, while WEF forecasts are based on traffic data of Zurich and St. Gallen-Altenrhein airports only.

Global warming is one of the major issues discussed at the annual Davos Forum. During this years Davos Forum, a number of meetings were related to environmental protection, global warming and other issues, including the special session Protecting our planet. WEF also said: The World Economic Forum provides a global platform for climate initiatives to help accelerate climate action.

How many private planes arrived in Davos in 2019? Its a question thats often asked, and it should be taken seriously, Cann said. From an environmental point of view, taking a private jet to Davos is the worst way of transportation.

This is also a complex problem, Cann said, because the data is not easy to determine. For example, air traffic management uses a metric called ATM (Air Traffic Movements), which is air traffic flow. A normal flight should have two ATMs, but when there is no parking space at the airport during busy hours, the plane needs to take off again and stop at another airport nearby. This adds two more journeys. According to data provided by WEF, Zurich Airport took off and landed 350 times from January 20 to 22, 2019, down 32% from 462 times in the first three days of last years meeting. However, air traffic at St. Gallen-Altenrhein airport increased by 46% over the same period last year. We have been encouraging participants to use the airport to ease congestion on roads, Cann said. For many years, we have been encouraging participants to use public transport. If they have to use planes, we also require them to share planes, which has become more and more popular in recent years. Source: Zhao Yaping_NN9005, Responsible Editor of Economic Report in the 21st Century

This is also a complex problem, Cann said, because the data is not easy to determine. For example, air traffic management uses a metric called ATM (Air Traffic Movements), which is air traffic flow. A normal flight should have two ATMs, but when there is no parking space at the airport during busy hours, the plane needs to take off again and stop at another airport nearby. This adds two more journeys.

According to data provided by WEF, Zurich Airport took off and landed 350 times from January 20 to 22, 2019, down 32% from 462 times in the first three days of last years meeting. However, air traffic at St. Gallen-Altenrhein airport increased by 46% over the same period last year. We have been encouraging participants to use the airport to ease congestion on roads, Cann said. For many years, we have been encouraging participants to use public transport. If they have to use planes, we also require them to share planes, which has become more and more popular in recent years.