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Flying in and out of Vermont: The good, the bad and the climate conscious

An American Airlines passenger jet approaches a landing in front of a leafless winter landscape, during a blazing orange sunset.
Charlie Riedel
Why do you fly? This hour, we talk to aviation experts about why and how people fly into and out of Vermont, and with climate activists advocating for a "flight diet" to help address climate change.

Live call-in discussion: Bad weather and overbooked flights can make flying in northern New England a hassle. And with emissions from flying only adding to the climate change crisis, some Vermonters are giving up flying altogether. This hour, we're talking about flying into and out of Vermont, why we do it and why some Vermonters are choosing to go “flight free” to fight climate change.

Our guests are:

  • Nicolas Longo, director of aviation at Burlington International Airport
  • Dan Castrigano, a climate educator and organizer in Burlington who runs Flight Free Vermont, a chapter of Flight Free USA, which encourages people to fly less or pledge to not fly at all
  • Trini Brassard, Agency of Transportation Assistant Director of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Connor Cyrus joined Vermont Public as host and senior producer in March 2021. He was a morning reporter at WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University), he started his reporting career as an intern at WPTZ, later working for WAGM in Presque Isle, Maine, and WCAX Channel 3, where he covered a broad range of stories from Vermont’s dairy industry to the nurses’ strikes at UVM Medical Center. He’s passionate about journalism’s ability to shed light on complex or difficult topics, as well as giving voice to underrepresented communities.
Originally from Delaware, Matt moved to Alaska in 2010 for his first job in radio. He spent five years working as a radio and television reporter, radio producer, talk show host, and news director. His reporting received awards from the Alaska Press Club and the Alaska Broadcasters Association. Relocating to southwest Florida, he was a producer for television news and NPR member station WGCU for their daily radio show, Gulf Coast Live. He joined Vermont Public in October 2017 as producer of Vermont Edition.