French ban on some domestic flights comes into effect, if…

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French ban on some domestic flights comes into effect, if…

France has banned domestic short-haul flights where train alternatives taking under two and a half hours exist, in a bid to cut carbon emissions.  Connecting flights are unaffected.  Services, linking Paris Orly airport with Nantes, Bordeaux and Lyons, had already been stopped by Air France under a 2020 agreement.  However, they are allowed to continue to use Charles de Gaulle airport. Unfortunately, this will only have a small effect on overall French aviation CO2 emissions, the bulk of which come from international flights. The French government had faced calls to introduce even stricter rules, with the 2019 Citizens’ Convention on Climate asking for bans when the train alternative would be under 4 hours.  But this was reduced to two-and-a-half hours after objections from some regions, as well as the airline Air France-KLM.  A consumer group has called for “safeguards that [French national railway] SNCF will not seize the opportunity to artificially inflate its prices or degrade the quality of rail service”. It is hoped the short flight ban, though having little impact, could set a precedent to be followed by other countries. .Tweet     France bans short-haul flights to cut carbon emissions 23.5.2023 (BBC) Climate activists had proposed scrapping plane journeys where train journeys of under four hours existed. France has banned domestic short-haul flights where train alternatives exist, in a bid to cut carbon emissions. The law came into force two years after lawmakers had voted to end routes where the same journey could be made by train in under two-and-a-half hours. The ban all but rules out air travel between Paris and cities including Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux, while connecting flights are unaffected. Critics have described the latest measures as “symbolic bans”. Laurent Donceel, interim head of industry group Airlines for Europe (A4E), told the AFP news agency that “banning these trips will only have minimal effects” on CO2 output. He added that governments should instead support “real and significant solutions” to the issue. Airlines around the world have been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with website Flightradar24 reporting that the number of flights last year was down almost 42% from 2019. The French government had faced calls to introduce even stricter rules. France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate, which was created by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and included 150 members of the public, had proposed scrapping plane journeys where train journeys of under four hours existed. But this was reduced to two-and-a-half h

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