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Source: Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz DeutschlandBerlin. On the occasion of today’s air traffic summit with Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, the Federation for Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) renews its criticism of a subsidy policy that has been artificially keeping uneconomical airports alive for years with tax money. In times of the climate crisis, the course must now be set for sustainable mobility in the future. A massive reduction in air traffic is essential for this. For such flights that cannot be avoided or relocated, the following must also apply: They must be climate-friendly. Air traffic is without a doubt one of the economic sectors hardest hit by the corona crisis. The European Union therefore allows corona aid “to remedy a significant disruption in the economic life of a member state” (Art. 3 Para. 3b Treaty on the Functioning of the EU). The EU Commission only approved aid for airports in Germany on the condition that they were not “in trouble” on December 31, 2019, that is, they were not in the red before the corona-related decline in passenger numbers and that they did not have a viable business model for have the future (see here; page 4, paragraph 19). Olaf Bandt, BUND Chairman: “Transport Minister Scheuer wants to distribute new subsidies to all airports in Germany and open further subsidy sluices for federal states and municipalities. We say very clearly: No airport subsidies with the watering can. Under no circumstances should airports receive grants that were permanently dependent on subsidies before the corona crisis and that almost exclusively offer cheap holiday flights with the help of wage and fee dumping. And that affects almost all regional airports in Germany. To this day, Minister Scheuer has refused to provide information about the airports to which the 1.36 billion euros approved by the EU in August 2020 went. ”According to BUND, the Federal Government must use the current situation to reform the airport structure in Germany and before to make everything fit for the future. According to realistic estimates, business trips will permanently decrease by 30 percent because video and teleconferencing are finally being widely used. Air travel must become significantly more expensive, not least for reasons of climate protection. Germany and the EU must take effective climate protection measures. Germany can become a European pioneer here. Werner Reh, BUND air traffic expert: “Not only the airlines, which are already reducing their fleets and their staff, have to become more economical. The airport system in Germany must also be courageously reformed. Today ten out of 24 airports already handle over 92 percent of all German air traffic. Ten of the 14 regional airports in Germany are permanently dependent on state subsidies and have no transport function for the regional economy. These zombie airports must not be revived with subsidies in order to further exacerbate the climate crisis. In contrast, international, especially intercontinental connections are important for the export-oriented economy. The shuttle service to these flights, which are used to capacity as much as possible, can be provided by Deutsche Bahn with its express rail system. And flights that are still necessary must be climate-friendly. ”More informationTo overview

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