This year’s total number of private jets is the second highest in the Super Bowl, according to WingX data. Last year’s game in Glendale, Arizona, holds the record with 931 private flights since the company began tracking them in 2006.
Large events tend to attract swarms of private planes. Nearly 1,000 jets flew to Las Vegas for a Formula 1 race in November, according to WingX. More than 1,000 people traveled to the Global Leadership Summit in Davos in 2022.
This year Super Bowl arrivals threaten to overwhelm the four airports surrounding Las Vegas that host private jets, which only have enough parking space combined for about 500 planes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Aviation officials in Clark County, the seat of Las Vegas, told CNN before the game that they expected “a fair number of drop-and-go operations,” in which a private jet lands, drops its passengers then flies to another airport to wait until they are summoned again for a return flight.
Flying a private jet is the most carbon-polluting means of transport. Private jets produce five to 14 times more emissions per passenger than commercial planes and 50 times more than trains, according to European clean transportation nonprofit Transport & Environment.
For example, the first leg of Swift’s trip — during which the singer flew from Tokyo to Los Angeles in a Bombardier Global 6000, according to online flight trackers — likely produced more than 50 tons of carbon emissions , based on private sector fuel consumption data. jet brokerage Guardian Jet. That’s more carbon emissions than three average Americans will create in the year 2024.
Swift’s spokesperson has said in the past that the singer purchased carbon offsets to offset emissions from her plane, but did not share details about the types of offsets Swift purchased.
Swift was the most famous of hundreds of wealthy people who flew to Las Vegas on private jets. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s private jets, or 15,000 planes, are registered in the United States, according to data from Airbus Corporate Jets. Most of their passengers fly unnoticed and receive little public scrutiny.
“The fact is that corporate CEOs do this too, but they’re less visible,” said Victoria Haneman, a law professor at Creighton University Law School who has called for stricter corporate taxes. private jets.
“You have legitimate environmental concerns colliding with misogyny when the public only cares about private jet travel when it’s a woman using the jet. So on that point, I sympathize with his fans,” Haneman said.
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