Lufthansa is making it even easier for globetrotters to offset the climate impact of their travels.
The German airline has just announced via a statement on its website that it is launching a groundbreaking new sustainability platform known as “Compensaid” that will be focused on allowing customers to purchase CO2 neutral aviation fuels. Travelers can use the platform to replace the fossil fuel of their flights with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the their profits all year.
The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That would be 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year.
The busiest day is expected to be Friday, Aug. 30, when the group forecasts just under 3 million people will board a U.S. airline.
This summer, New York is on pace for its highest annual tally of tourists — nearly 67 million, according to the latest estimate from NYC & Company, the city’s tourism marketing agency. That would be close to two million more visitors than the city claimed in 2018 and would be its 10th consecutive year of rising tourism, said Fred Dixon, the agency’s chief executive.
While governments and destination marketing organizations are revamping policies and promotions to tackle overtourism, private travel companies are launching new destinations that take clients away from the crowds and help spread tourism wealth.
Intrepid Travel, for one, has launched several tours designed to redistribute its guests. Leigh Barnes, Intrepid’s chief purpose officer, said that as travel becomes “more affordable, accessible and more sought-after than ever before, new product innovation is crucial to the prevention of overtourism.”