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Wizz Air CEO says business class flying bad for environment

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CEO of Wizz Air, Jozsef Varadi, speaks during the unveiling ceremony for the 100th plane in its fleet, at Budapest Airport, Hungary, June 4, 2018. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Photo

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The boss of Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air (WIZZ.L) attacked the sustainability credentials of traditional airlines like Air France-KLM (AIRF.PA) and Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), saying business class flying was bad for the environment.

The carbon emissions of airlines has been thrown into the spotlight since travel restarted after the pandemic and as worries over climate change grow.

Wizz Air’s Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi told the CAPA industry conference online that there was no place for business class on short-haul flights.

“Why do we have to fly business class, especially on short haul? A business passenger occupies a lot more space therefore the environmental footprint of your passenger is much greater,” he said on Wednesday.

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