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Passengers can expect longer flight times between Europe and America because of the effects of climate change, a new study has found.
Led by Dr Paul Williams, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Reading, the study found aircraft would spend an extra 2000 hours in the air every year as a result of global warming’s effect on the North Atlantic winter jet stream.
Jet streams are fast-flowing air currents within the upper atmosphere that typically flow from west to east, reducing flight time when a plane enters them.
Climate change would accelerate these jet streams, speeding up eastbound flights – but significantly slowing down flights in the other direction. Read more »