It would help to assign a mileage limit per person – letters to the editor Freiburg

A reaction to the letter to the editor “Dauergebrumme” (BZ from September 19).

With her letter to the editor, Dorothee Ganter puts a finger into the smoldering wound of the escalating air traffic in times of massive climate change. The Breisgau/Markgräflerland region has indeed developed into a hotspot for international air traffic. The important flight routes North-South, South-North and West-East meet in the sky above. The east-west route is dominated by planes approaching Basel Euroairport. I took the trouble to track air traffic between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with Flightradar24. In those four hours there were 90 overflights. Extrapolated to the 19 hours in the period from 5 a.m. to midnight (even after that there are still individual overflights), that is a total of around 450 flight movements, on average one every two minutes (the table can be requested).

The cross-country flights can be heard well to clearly, the landing approaches (four to five per hour) are loud. In addition, there are the hobby pilots from the Bremgarten special landing field in the Breisgau industrial park and from the Freiburg airfield. This constant buzzing is there every day. The associated noise is a quasi-permanent acoustic environmental pollution, the exhaust gases emitted at high altitudes are particularly harmful to the earth’s climate.

Obviously flying is far too cheap. Cheap flights continue to be offered, for example Nuremberg – London for 35 euros, Nuremberg – Milan for 21 euros. The price of flying should be based on the costs it imposes on the environment. A ban on domestic flights or the allocation of a per-person mileage limit to be entered in an “airline mile pass” would also help. Miles are deducted each time you check in. There is a hefty fine for every mile that goes over budget. Unused miles expire and cannot be sold.

Those with political responsibility and decision-makers must finally have the courage to take measures that also hurt. One can continue to hope in vain for human reason.Roland Diehl, Hartheim am Rhein