The Airlines Making Sustainable Air Travel Possible

By Kelly Green

More than 4 billion people will take a flight this year - but which are the most sustainable airlines to travel with and how can you fly greener?


Air travel has a bit of a bad reputation thanks to its high carbon footprint and the eyewatering amount of waste it generates, but there’s no denying that it’s often the most convenient, affordable and enjoyable way to travel and see the world.

Thankfully the growing global aviation industry, which is is predicted to double to 8.2 billion passengers by 2037, has started introducing measures to improve its impact on the environment.  The majority of airlines today have a sustainability policy in place (these can usually be found on the airline’s website) and many have pledged to reduce their environmental impact over the coming years in line with the industry’s commitment to achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and to cut net carbon emissions by 50% compared to 2005.   


The introduction of carbon offsetting schemes, investment in biofuel technology and waste recycling programmes (ever wondered what happens to all of the waste that the flight attendants have collected on your flight?) are all helping to make flying more sustainable - here are some of the airlines leading the way to make greener air travel possible: 

Read more tips for how to offset your carbon emissions when travelling, and see our guide for how to travel plastic free.

Still looking for inspiration for where to go next? See our favourite eco-friendly hotels and resorts and the world's most sustainable cities to visit.

The Airlines Making Sustainable Air Travel Possible