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'We don't want there to be no air travel': Qantas boss warns climate change panic could devastate the industry and take the world 'back to the 1920s'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/08/2019 Alana Mazzoni
a man holding a sign: Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has warned that global warming panic could ground the aviation industry to a halt, saying additional airline taxes could take the world back to the 1920s © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has warned that global warming panic could ground the aviation industry to a halt, saying additional airline taxes could take the world back to the 1920s

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has warned that global warming panic could bring the aviation industry to a halt, saying additional airline taxes could take the world back to the 1920s.

Speaking at the Centre for Aviation summit in Sydney this week, Mr Joyce hit back at climate change hysteria and 'flight shaming'.

Mr Joyce referenced an increase in the amount of global warming rallies being held globally and a rise in activists criticising travellers who fly, The Australian reported.  

'We don't want to go back to the 1920s and not have air ­travel. We need to make sure that we keep the baby, because it is important for the world economy to have connections,' he said.

a plane sitting on a runway at an airport: Joyce said the aim of the new tariffs is to limit commercial flights by slugging customers and airlines more © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joyce said the aim of the new tariffs is to limit commercial flights by slugging customers and airlines more

He pointed out that the airline industry had made a difference to the world in terms of economic trade and job creation.  

'We know there's an environmental impact, but the things we're doing as an industry are fantastic. We have targets by 2050 to reduce our CO2 emissions to half the levels of 2005,' he said.

Just last month, the French government announced an 'eco-tax' on all flights out of airports in France, which would rack up $300 million per year.

Passengers in The Netherlands have are now being slugged a levy of $11.60, amid calls for the European Union to enforce taxes across the whole continent.

Mr Joyce said the aim of the new tariffs is to limit commercial flights by slugging customers and airlines more.

The amount of passengers flying the prominent flight routes between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane have remained stagnant, according to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has launched a staunch against airlines and their customers, and has even vowed to travel to the US by boat to spread her message. 

As well as ruling out flying on a plane on the trip, Thunberg also refuses to travel aboard a cruise ship as they're notoriously big polluters. Meanwhile, sailors rarely brave the Atlantic in August because of hurricane risks. 

a group of people in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Joyce referenced an increase in the amount of global warming rallies being held globally and a rise in activists criticising travellers who fly © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Joyce referenced an increase in the amount of global warming rallies being held globally and a rise in activists criticising travellers who fly  

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