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Environmental discourses in the aviation industry: the reproductivity of mobility

Peeters, P.M. & Gossling, S.
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Peeters, P. M. & Gössling, S. (2008) Environmental discourses in the aviation industry: the reproductivity of mobility. IN Burns, P. & Novelli, M. (Eds.) Tourism and mobilities. Local-global connections, 187-203. Wallingford (UK): CABI International.


Tourism mobility in the industrialized countries has changed substantially in the past decade, with a general trend towards more frequent, but shorter trips, and trips to more distant locations. Within Europe, this development is characterized by the emergence of low-fare airlines offering, for example, a wide variety of city breaks. Globally, an increasing number of people travel to distant or peripheral destinations, often for short periods of time. These developments are facilitated by air travel, which, over the past 45 years, has turned from a luxury form of mobility for the wealthy few into a contemporary form of hypermobility. This chapter distinguishes four types of discourses. The first is “air transport’s contribution is too small to be significant”, the second says air travel is economically and sociology too significant to be restricted”; the third goes like “environmental impacts exist, but technology will solve that” and the last one is “Air travel is treated unfair compared to other sectors”. The authors deconstruct most of these lines of thought.
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