January 23, 2021

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Support for aviation remains high, but half of the Dutch want to shrink

Support for aviation remains high, but half of the Dutch want to shrink

The Dutch are now much more likely than they were in 2018 and 2019 – when the survey was conducted – that the number of flights in the Netherlands should decrease after the corona crisis compared to pre-corona crisis levels. Future measurements must show whether the support for post-coronary shrinkage remains as great, the researchers say.

The Dutch see safety, health and ecology as a top priority for aviation. Economy and employment are less of a priority, but are seen as a little more urgent this year. This is evident from the representative sample of 1,746 Dutch people between the ages of 18 and 75.

Support for measures to improve the sustainability of aviation remains strong, especially if it is not immediately clear whether they are having an impact on consumers’ wallets. Support for the introduction of a flight tax is lower, but has increased steadily since 2018.

Fly less
A third of air travelers expect to fly less than before after the corona crisis. Various motives play a role, such as environmental damage that we could manage with fewer flights and that there are alternatives to flying. While a third of air travelers “expect” to fly less to the corona, four in ten say they are “ready” to do so.

A number of research findings: