Climate activists disguised themselves as dinosaurs and were on board the first flight between Vienna and Graz.
On Monday, Austrian Airlines had special guests on board on the first flight between Vienna and Graz after the corona break. Activists of the climate protection group “System Change, not Climate Change” flew disguised as dinosaurs. According to the organization, such ultra-short-haul flights are “connections from the Stone Age”.
“Two activists disguised as pterosaurs flew on the first Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to Graz to celebrate the retrograde resumption of short-haul flights and the millions of payments for the AUA. Representing the climate-damaging fossil aviation industry, the dinosaurs drew attention to themselves with slogans such as “Flights instead of trains” and “Fossils against Future” ”, the organization said in a broadcast.
“Selling fleet renewal and the admixture of 'alternative fuels' as climate protection measures is pure greenwashing! Every new aircraft will continue to burn kerosene according to its useful life and thus fuel the climate crisis. 'Alternative fuels' are also a dangerous bogus solution. Agrofuels often conflict with the production of food. In addition, the production of synthetic kerosene is still a long way off and would require an extremely large amount of electricity, which is urgently needed elsewhere for the energy transition ”, says Mira Kapfinger from System Change, not Climate Change.
At Graz Airport, on the other hand, they are pleased that air traffic is slowly starting up again after the lockdown. The minimum operation should end on June 30, 2020. Numerous destinations are to be served again in July 2020. “We are very happy that things are starting again,” explains Gerhard Widmann, Managing Director of Graz Airport, “even if we are still very far from normalcy. In the coming days, Gruber Reisen will start the first holiday flight chain to Brac and from July 1st Lufthansa will return to Frankfurt. Springer Reisen is planning to take off for Greece from mid-July and will bring holidaymakers to Skiathos and Santorini. Everything else will only be clarified in the coming days and weeks - but if Covid-19 has taught us something, then it will probably have to be a little patient ”.