Aeroplanes create many types of pollution, when fuelling, at takeoff, when landing, and while in flight, and for those who live in their flight paths noise is injurious to health. The huge growth in aviation is inevitably doing serious damage to our planet. During emergencies and delays fuel is often dumped into the air, this is particularly noticeable around airports where it lands on crops, gardens, rivers and lakes. During fueling, revving up, and taxiing there is an increase in hydrocarbon emissions. Aviation is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gases, but there is no tax on aviation fuel, no vat on purchase of planes and no vat on airline tickets. One jet emits as much pollution as 7,000 cars over same period.
So, apart from the small tragedy of lost holidays etc, it's a great thing for the environment if less aeroplanes will be flying! Let's look forward to a time when people stop flying at the drop of a hat, sometimes only to shop, and spend a weekend over a novelty coffee. Time to be more altruistic, and think more about our planet?