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How to fix air travel

Even before Covid, climate worries shamed the airline industry. But we can still save the joy of flying

By Julian Glover   May 2021

Illustration: Ian Morris

I am what the boss of Ryanair, Michael O’Leary, affectionately mocks as a “cloud bunny” or “aerosexual.” If the question is “how do we fix flying after Covid?” then the shaming answer I’d like to give is: “Bring it back. Lots of it.” 

And that is what’s going to happen. Covid hasn’t killed the flying habit, just temporarily repressed it. The yearn to travel is a fundamental—and civilising—thing. The Zoom trend might cut business travel, but don’t count on it. Even the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this autumn is happening face-to-face. 

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