Wizz Air today claimed to be operating at the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger among all competitor carriers.

Rival Ryanair became the first EU airline to release monthly emissions statistics earlier this month with a level of 66g CO2 per passengers/km for May, claiming to be Europe’s greenest airline.

But Hungarian budget carrier Wizz Air suggested it has the smallest environmental footprint per passenger with 56.5g CO2 per passenger/km in May – down 4.4% year-on-year.

Wizz Air will include the emissions figure into its monthly statistics, “adding transparency to allow passengers to have all the necessary information to make responsible choices”.

The eastern and central European carrier expects its environmental footprint to decline by a third for every passenger over the next decade, as it introduces more than 250 new generation Airbus A321neo aircraft into its fleet.

Chief executive Jozsef Varadi said: “Wizz Air’s ultimate goal is to liberate lives by providing affordable travel, and we pride ourselves on delivering this in the most sustainable way.

“Being a responsible business and ensuring a sustainable future for next generations is not a race. Today, with the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger/km in the industry, Wizz Air is already the greenest choice of air travel a passenger can make.

“We have set ambitious goals for ourselves to further reduce the impact on the environment by deploying the latest state-of-the-art technology and further reducing CO2 emissions per passenger by a third by 2030.

“We have the best tools to achieve this – the A321neo aircraft with Wizz Air’s seat configuration of 239 passenger seats and Pratt and Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engines bring the cleanest and most environmentally-friendly technology that currently exists in the world.”

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