SOURCE: Cheapflights


April 22, 2010 05:45 ET

Cheapflights UK Is Going Going Green for Earth Day

In Celebration of Earth Day's 40th Anniversary, Cheapflights UK Shines a Green Light on All Things 'Eco' in Its Latest Travelnomics Report

LONDON--(Marketwire - April 22, 2010) - The UK's leading website for price search and comparison in travel unveils Travel(eco)nomics, a report on the state of Green Travel, and the steps travellers can take toward being ecologically responsible. 

"In honour of Earth Day's 40th, we wanted to highlight the consciousness around the environment within the travel industry," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for Cheapflights UK

"At just two per cent, the aviation industry's contribution to carbon emissions is significantly lower than is generally perceived, and the steps it's taking to reduce that even further are numerous, so we'd like to take the opportunity to encourage travellers to participate in the growing eco-travel trend by offering a guide to how they can do so," continues Hallak. 

Among its in-depth range of tips and tricks for becoming green, Travel(eco)nomics also picks out the Top 5 of eco-loving airlines and the steps they're taking to help the environment. The list includes:

  • Qatar Airways: the first airline to run a commercial passenger flight powered by natural gas derived fuel
  • Virgin Atlantic: first to operate a commercial flight partially powered by bio-fuel as well as publicly disclosing its CO2 emissions on its website
  • British Airways: industry leader in the development of bio-fuels and set to produce 16 million gallons by 2014
  • Continental Airlines: youngest fleet of airplanes in the industry with an average age of barely ten years
  • Southwest Airlines: £110 million investment in Required Navigational Performance, the avionics technology that allows planes to reduce fuel usage by optimising flight paths

The report also highlights that contrary to widely held perceptions, green travel can be very affordable. In fact, simple decisions including packing tips and a choice of eco-friendly destinations will not only help to save the environment, but help to save money too. 

Aside from the airlines helping to produce a new generation of fuel and fancy avionics technology, there are also plenty of simple things travellers can do which are equally as important including:

  • Packing light to reduce weight
  • Using public transportation where possible
  • Remembering to switch off the lights
  • Eating at local restaurants.

For the full report including in-depth tips, top eco-destinations, more on the airlines and a host of other insider information, view the full report at Travel(eco)nomics.

About Cheapflights Media

The trusted partner in flights, Cheapflights Media is a global Internet media network that has been delivering great deals since 1996. Headquartered in London with offices in Boston and Toronto, Cheapflights Media serves advertisers and consumers through its vast portfolio of Web sites and services. Packed with travel guides, tips and the latest news and information, the Cheapflights sites are online shopping comparison engines that make it easy for consumers in local markets to research, compare and save on domestic and international trips. With brand-name deals on airline tickets from more than 250 partners and 600 airlines and a team of travel experts hand picking the best offerings, Cheapflights offers visitors a mix of deals they can't find anywhere else. Zugu, the newest brand in the Cheapflights Media portfolio, is a powerful and simple travel search engine that makes it easy to compare and select the lowest available fares online. By organizing flight options by date, airline and time, Zugu helps consumers find the best fares based on their travel terms. There are currently Cheapflights-branded sites for the U.K., U.S., Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain. Zugu is available in the U.K.

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