For every person who no longer flies, there seem to be ten business people who are constantly in the air, so maybe it’s no surprise to learn that the number of foreign and Danish passengers departing from Danish airports has increased by 20 percent over the last four years.
More worrying, though, is that more people are taking long and medium-haul flights than ever before, according to Danmarks Statistik.
The number taking medium-haul flights – typically between 2,000 and 3,000 km away to the likes of north Africa – has grown by 35 percent from 3.2 to 4.3 million a year.
And the number taking journeys to destinations between 3,000 and 5,000 km away has grown by 31 percent.
Hope in the numbers
Nevertheless, flying less is clearly trending in Scandinavia – not least in Sweden, where it is more punitive on the wallet to fly, and in Denmark the number of journeys to destinations less than 550 km away has only increased by 7 percent over the last four years.
According to Danmarks Statistik consultant Peter Ottosen, this indicated that many are finding “realistic and more climate-friendly alternatives such as, for example, car, bus or train”.
Nevertheless, only 4 percent of Danes are currently using buses, trains and ships when making business or pleasure trips outside Denmark, compared to 13 percent inside.
The car is the most popular option domestically, with 71 percent using it, although 16 percent are still using planes.
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