Air travel in Sweden drops as flight shaming gains ground

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg avoids air travel.

The increasing popularity of a social movement that frowns on air travel has coincided with a slump in domestic air travel in Sweden.

Flight shaming emerged after Swedish singer Staffan Lindberg pledged to give up flying citing in 2017 growing concerns over climate change.

The movement has gained momentum due to the Swedish aviation tax, weak Swedish crown, softening economy worries and climate debate, with travel through Swedish airports slumping nine per cent in 2019.

The overall number of passengers that flew through Swedish airports has dropped four per cent.

Other famous Swedes which have stopped flying, include opera singer Malena Ernman, the mother of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.

In an effort to address public concern over carbon induced climate change, Swedavia has said all of its airports will have zero carbon emissions from their operations this year.

The International Air Transport Association said it would launch a campaign aimed at countering the industry’s negative image and promote its efforts to curb carbon emissions.