By the way both cars and ferries are more damaging to the environment than flying. Just thought I would put that in as flying really does get a bad press. If everyone actually looked into emmisions percentages etc before blowing their trumpet about being 'green' then perhaps the stupid taxes put on flying would be removed and put more onto cars and boats that are causing more pollution than the aviation industry.
Totally agree! And to add: in the Netherlands we put taxes on everything. Yes, as a logistics/transport land we sure know how to be friendly
For me nothing changed: I took and will take all my flights from Düsseldorf (or the smaller airport in Weeze). And I agree that of you use an airplane that is filled to capacity, a lot of times will be pretty 'green'. (for sure if every passenger would take a car instead.)
Why did I start to fly? Actually pretty easy. I wanted to meet up with a friend in Madrid, that I got to know here in the Netherlands. As driving would take me 36 hours, and takes me through France (a personal negative). I figured out that I need to fly, as that takes me from my frontdoor to hers in just over 6 hours. After that I use to fly to more places in Europe, if it's cheaper, and if trains would take me over 5 hours to get there. 4-5 hours for me seems to be the breakeven point, in which check-in, flight, bagageclaim and the travel to and from the airport pays off.