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10.31.2021. 16:51

Greenpeace said on Wednesday that nearly half of short-haul flights within Europe could be replaced by rail. in her report.

The organization’s research found that 53 percent of the 30 most popular journeys within the European Union had a direct rail connection between the point of departure and the point of arrival. The analysis was carried out by the Italian OBC-Transeuropa Institute for Greenpeace, examining the routes of the 150 most important short-range flights within the European Union and the 250 most important short-range flights within Europe. Inter-island flights were excluded from the analysis, as they could not be substituted by rail in these cases.

According to the analysis, for 10 percent of the most frequently used trips, the distance can be completed in four hours by train, and for another 19 percent, it remains within six hours. In Austria, this percentage is exceptionally high, as 80% of domestic flights, including day and night trains, can be replaced by rail.

Greenpeace spokeswoman Herwig Schuster said that given the direct night trains, half of the shorter journeys in Europe could be replaced by train. for this reason

The organization calls for the ban on short trips and their replacement by rail, such as Vienna – Budapest, Vienna – Prague or Vienna – Munich.

Schuster explained that replacing the 250 most popular flights within Europe with rail would produce 23.5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, less than the equivalent of Croatia’s annual emissions. Greenpeace says the goal is to develop rail infrastructure and make trains cheaper than flying. They stress that the development of railway infrastructure will be necessary mainly in eastern and southeastern Europe, where trains must be faster and more frequent.

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(Cover Photo: A KLM Cityhopper upon landing on November 26, 2017. Photo: Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty Images)