Boris Johnson took ‘unnecessary’ helicopter trip to promote bike scheme

Exclusive: prime minister’s short flights cast doubt on the sincerity of his pledges to fight the climate crisis, say critics

Boris Johnson has been criticised for taking a short helicopter flight from London to the West Midlands to promote a local bike hire scheme, despite the train from London taking just more than two hours.

Critics said the flight was “completely unnecessary” and cast doubt on the sincerity of the prime minister’s pledges to fight the climate crisis. Air travel produces far more global-heating emissions than other modes of transport.

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