The green movement by shaking the policy vigorously. After the election on Sunday, the air travel industry with the wind, literally. Tomorrow, Monday, the environmental Commission of the national Council dealt with the new CO2-law. It does this while still in the old composition. Nevertheless, the Commission is likely to decide on a ticket levy dam. In an Interview with SonntagsBlick, Swiss Chef Thomas Klühr (57) tries to give against tax. Deutsche warns of Prohibited and calls instead for government support for the development of a CO2-neutral fuel.

Thomas Klühr: The result didn’t surprise me particularly. The climate in the whole of Europe, is the leading theme.

fear is a bad companion. But I sure respect the fact that new regulations could come to us. As a company, in a democratic country, we must accept the voters decision and make the Best of it. I see it as a challenge.

you don’t Understand me wrong, these plans deal with me. Especially because they come in the Form of V, therefore, Prohibit, Prevent, Abstain. We have to exert ourselves, therefore, more and more, the importance of air travel more and more with the population to gather.

it is Important that we think in drawers. The blanket classification – “the economy is not interested in CO2 reduction” – is wrong. Therefore, I would say to the politicians like to Take the time to listen and work together to find effective solutions. This dialogue has taken place in the last few weeks to little.

For example, in the airline ticket levy. I am convinced that This is the actual target of a CO2 reduction is not reached. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to make that clear.

will move to Either the air traffic, because the Swiss then fly from Munich or Basel-Mulhouse, with zero positive effect for the climate. But there are some on the fly really do without that. Five seats remain on the plane. And what happens? The flight will take place anyway. The Airlines reduce the prices and entice you with lower ticket prices new passengers.

In the case of the Swiss, this accusation is not heard so often. We are being criticised by the media some more, we were too expensive (smiles). In addition, we have not invented the cheap flying. However, I have respect for the competitors in this area. You have opened a completely new market, which has been accepted by the customer. But there are certainly questionable excesses of the Cheap flights that have hurt us as an industry.

Yes. You should think in the airline industry is about to set a threshold, if the prices are too low. In Switzerland, the Situation is still a bit better than in other countries, because of the very aggressive players such as Ryanair or Wizz Air are in this country operates. In Europe, the industry would be advised but it is good to avoid aggressive prices.

In Switzerland there should be no two-digit ticket prices. So no flights under 100 francs.

The industry has made in 2016 as the only industry with a global operating agreement with the objective to reduce CO2 emissions. In the short term, the most important measure, there is a modern aircraft. With each new generation of Aircraft we fly 25 percent more efficient – and that means 25 percent less CO2 emissions. Huge potential I see in the unification of the air routes in Europe. If the detour would no longer fly, we could save ten per cent of the CO2 emissions.

For example, we are not able to fly from Zurich to Dublin directly, but in a zigzag. The Problem is that every state operates an air traffic control, the own ideas, as over its airspace to be flown, for example, due to military airspace restrictions. In order to unify the European airspace, has been running a long time, a project called “Single European Sky”. But the EU can’t make it, the Whole issue forward. Therefore, it is more of a medium-term issue. In the long term, the use of synthetic fuel is, however, the solution for the air travel. This is CO2-neutral.

The big advantage of synthetic fuel is that you can use it in today’s modern aircraft. In addition, the technology behind it does not need to be invented, new. In some corners of the world today, synthetic fuel is produced, but only in a very small extent. What is missing is the scaling, to produce synthetic fuel in large quantities. There must now be invested.

it is not that simple. There are huge start-up investment are necessary. We therefore need a shoulder-to-shoulder from industry, politics and science. We need the industrial series production, and the political support funds. If the air ticket levy is coming, then we should use the money fully for the development of synthetic fuel. Switzerland is predestined, in that respect go forward – the ETH is already at the theme.


First, refineries have to be created. But I think the development is really advancing rapidly. Within a decade,. The Airline industry should formulate but now, think about goals. For example, 10 or 20 per cent synthetic fuel on Board by 2030. But they set on me now, please not on these Figures.

Yes. Because instead of constantly thinking about how we increase the price of the fly, prevent, prohibit, must be the goal that we develop a fuel that is CO2-neutral.

not at All. My only explanation is that the desire to travel with the aircraft, is so large that it outweighs the flight shame. In addition, it shows that the fly has become an important part of our mobility, is not easy to ban. It is part of our life. It is part of our globalized world.

Yes, there are quite a lot of freeloaders. But what I find positive: the aggressive discussion is became clear how urgent the issue is urgent. This is a good development. Bad, this fee is a division into Good and Bad is. This is too easy. There are also many business leaders, the climate of its responsibilities relating to.

Swiss-CEO: Grounding “was really”

Only an employed Swiss-CEO Thomas Klühr last week, even more than the election victory of the green parties: The temporary Grounding of C-Series. 100 flights had to be cancelled, 10’000 passengers were affected. Klühr to Sunday view: “This was a difficult decision. But I’m still of the opinion that it was the right one.” The cause of error Klühr can say nothing. The affected engines would be investigated by the US transportation safety Board NTSB. The Swiss had to wait on the results of the investigation. Klühr acknowledges that it would be a better feeling when you know the exact cause already. But he assured: “have A safe flight operation is assured.”