The lack of demand has not decreased the number of flights as near-empty airplanes continue to fly.
Dan Rutherford, aviation director at the International Council on Clean Transportation said that the situation is leading to a “huge environmental waste” because huge amounts of fuel are being burned to transport just few people around America. The aviation industry accounts for about 2% of global carbon emissions.
It is clear that the airlines are not committed to tackling the climate crisis particularly in the time of the pandemic. Many have accused airlines of “dodging their obligations.” Airlines responded by saying that it was essential for the survival of the industry to keep flights running.
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