France: Ban on short-haul flights comes into effect in push for climate-friendly train travel

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“France on Tuesday formally banned domestic flights on short routes that can be covered by train in less than two-and-a-half hours — a move aimed at reducing airline emissions that has also irked the industry. Although the measure was included in a 2021 climate law and already applied in practice, some airlines had asked the European Commission to investigate whether it was legal. The change will mostly rule out air trips between Paris and regional hubs such as Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, with connecting flights unaffected.” (05/23/23)