The Netherlands Plan to Ban Private Jets at Europe’s Fourth Biggest Airport in the Name of Climate Change
Once the elite and glitterati feel some pain, there may be a renewed appreciation for the importance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
We have been following developments in the Netherlands, where the Dutch essentially regulate productive farms out of business.
Interestingly, though, the Dutch government found a new target: It plans to ban private jets at Europe’s fourth largest airport.
Europe’s fourth busiest airport wants to ground private jet setters for good, making an unprecedented move that could set a new industry benchmark in tackling global travel emissions. In order to achieve the high-profile goal, however, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has a very bumpy journey ahead of it.
Per Bloomberg, the Netherlands’ largest air hub first made headlines last month when it announced plans to shutter all night flights and private jets from its runways beginning in 2026. Schiphol is overseen by the Royal Schiphol Group, a Dutch government majority-owned company whose interim CEO said at the time they “realize that our choices may have significant implications for the aviation industry, but they are necessary. This shows we mean business.”
On Tuesday, Schiphol Airport representatives explained to Bloomberg that 30 and 50 percent of all its private jet flights are to holiday locales such as Cannes and Ibiza. Additionally, around 17,000 private flights passed through Schiphol last year, “causing a disproportionate amount of noise and generating 20 times more carbon dioxide emissions per passenger than commercial flights.”
Private jets are an intriguing new target of climate crisis activism, especially since their use in Europe has soared.
A private jet aviation boom shows no signs of slowing.
Analysis published Thursday by environmental campaign group Greenpeace showed the number of private jet flights in Europe last year rose by a whopping 64% to reach a record high of 572,806.
Private jet emissions, which have a disproportionate impact on the environment, were found to have more than doubled in Europe in 2022, exceeding the annual per capita carbon emissions of 550,000 European Union residents.
More than half (55%) of the private jet flights in Europe last year were ultra-short journeys below 750 kilometers (466 miles), Greenpeace said, noting that these were trips that could have been taken by train or ferry instead.
This development may be good news for us “normals.” Once the elite and glitterati who like to impose climate crisis restrictions on the rest of us feel some pain, there may be a renewed appreciation for the importance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Plants consume carbon dioxide to grow and animals consume plants to obtain the necessary carbon for existence. If the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere dips below 150 ppm (parts per million) there would be a mass extinction of plant life per Greg Wrightstone in his book, “Inconvenient Facts/The Science Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know About.” Due to the depletion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the last 140 million years to a dangerously low level of 182 ppm, carbon dioxide emissions during the industrial revolution saved plants from mass extinction and saved animals from mass starvation.
A graph in this book shows that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past 140 million years has declined in nearly a straight line from 2,500 ppm, 140 million years ago, to a dangerously low level of 182 ppm just 20,000 years ago. Carbon dioxide emissions during the industrial revolution hiked the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to about 400 ppm, to replenish the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere so as to save plants.
A chart from the CO2 Coalition highlights the above point.
Once enough airports ban private jets for climate virtue signaling, there might be a push for a fossil fuel frenzy.
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Idiots. It’s like a spreading plague of stupid.
Why did the carbon go down so drastically?
Netherlands are absolutely out of their minds
I hope the farmers resist, but that carrot of 120% the worth of a farm will get a few.
Can this really be happening
I’m sure the ban will be waived for Kerry, Schwab, and the other elitists who are pushing such totalitarian measures.
Private Jets will just land at smaller regional airports. They won’t quit flying!
Exact;y…out of sight (of the peasants) … out of mind (of the peasants). Killing farming though will directly effect the peasants… but nothing can come of that with the new EU army to “fortify” RU members.
CO2 is plant food—not a pollutant. The moronic ruling caste is ignorance on stilts.
A founder of the Sierra Club that left it… has pointed out that best CO2 level is 1600 ppm versus the present 400 for plants. Curbing CO2 emissions are starving plants… OH.. the horror!
Can they do this without the approval of EU bureaucrats, or in other words, the corrupt elites who answer to the corrupt elites? I have my doubts.
“This shows we mean business.”
No, it shows that the officious officials are anti-business.
If they really want to make their point, ban ALL flights — commercial and private — and close the airport.
“Schiphol Airport representatives explained to Bloomberg that 30 (to) 50 percent of all its private jet flights are to holiday locales such as Cannes and Ibiza.”
Which means that half to two-thirds of the flights are for business purposes.
“Additionally, around 17,000 private flights passed through Schiphol last year, “causing a disproportionate amount of noise and generating 20 times more carbon dioxide emissions per passenger than commercial flights.””
Note the weasel stats –“per passenger.” How do the number of commercial flights by air carriers compare to the number of private-jet flights? How does the total amount of emissions from commercial flights compare to the total amount from private jets?
Banning non-government air travel entirely and shutting down their airports to save the climate is exactly what the British are proposing.
I see an opening for luxury, high performance, prop planes.
I’d like to see Red Bull fly their executives around in their Douglas DC6B, and Breitling using their Lockheed Constellation.
Apparently Europe continues its march back to the Middle Ages–next up, banning medical procedures in favor of leeches and bleeding.
Even worse. At least they didn’t force the peasants to eat bugs.
not yet – but soon
You guys are looking at this all wrong. I agree it’s stupid but…. it will now hit the ultra rich so maybe they will stop pushing this lunacy. They are all about banning our SUVs and impacting our way of life but not so much theirs….
Do you really believe this would ever be allowed to affect the elites? Has any leftist insanity every impacted the lifestyle of the lefts’ elites?
Not enough pain imposed on the elites who tell the rest us to turn our AC to 80°+, not to drive SUV and so forth. Get rid of the asinine carbon credit boondoggles as well. Force these hypocrites to do the things they demand for the rest of us without purchasing an ‘indulgence’.
Until all of the “lifeboats” of the elite are holed and they have no safe recourse…. then maybe some change…. (chuckle)
That won’t please the globalists.
I guess that they don’t want John Kerry to come and visit.
The reality may be that this is a lame excuse from the airport authorities to increase paying passenger throughput at Schipol. They don’t make as much cash on the little jets but the little ones still take up space and services.
Smaller jets with the more exclusive clients fly into Rotterdam anyway, or did when I was in the business.
No, Dutch globalists, you are doing it wrong. You are only supposed to penalize the middle class. You aren’t supposed to apply any of the rules to the elites.
Guess what libs? Kale and soy need CO2 for survival.
Guess what libs? The wealthy jet setters that are diverted to smaller airports nearby are not going to walk to Amsterdam. Fire up the SUVs!
Net effect = more petroleum burned.
Your kale & soybean plants will thank you.
I don’t see a ban on small jets owned and operated by the government in the article, if they wanted to show real leadership that class should be at the top of the list.
Those government employees can take ferries and trains just like everyone else.
The John Kerry’s of the world will use other airports including military bases to get around any ban at that airport.
Let’s see the “fine print.” I’d bet you that government owned jets are not considered “private jets” under the proposed reg/law. The bureaucrats will continue to fly around unfettered.
Privation on account of “climate change” is only supposed to apply to the unwashed masses!
We can’t allow this injustice to stand.
The move to ban night flights because of noise reminds me of the situation with Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix. When it was built it was out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by desert. Then the development of Phoenix happened and homes were built next to the base. Now the homeowners are complaining and want the base shut down. Build or buy a home near an airport and you get noise? Who knew.
They seem almost shocked at a large increase in private jet travel. What did they think would happen after their covid travel lockdowns? If commercial first class service is too annoying I wouldn’t use it either if I could afford it.
I get that the Dutch are paranoid about sea levels rising, seeing how Amsterdam is about 20 feet (6 meters) (3 camels) below MSL. Paranoid as in irrational though. They are putting a band-aid on an amputed leg with these laughably minuscule regulations, compared to China’s 2 new coal-fired electric plants going into operation every week.
LOL @ Big Green Idiocy. So sincere and earnest and moronic
Well, that means nobody will show up. These elitist morons aren’t about to sit in a plane with the knuckle draggers.