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Wizz Air CEO Blames Business Seats for Aviation’s CO2 Headache

Wizz Air Holdings Plc Airside Operations As Budget Carrier Grows Passenger Numbers
Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Wizz Air Holdings Plc, Europe’s fastest-growing low-cost airline, escalated a spat with full-service rivals over carbon emissions, saying their reliance on lucrative business-class fares is at the heart of the industry’s problems with environmental campaigners.

Airlines like Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which has attacked discounters for stimulating non-vital travel, rely on transporting corporate flyers in heavy seats with a CO2 footprint many times that of economy berths, Wizz Chief Executive Officer Jozsef Varadi said in an interview Thursday. They also fly older, thirstier jets with wasteful low-density layouts, he added.