In a promising turn of events, the European Commission has approved a bill abolishing flights between cities in France. Any journey under 2.5 hours will be scrapped for the next three years, and train travel is being incentivised.
It’s taken ages to get here, but finally ink is dry on the paper.
Ending close to a two-year stalemate, the European Commission has approved bans to short-haul flights between cities in France. The legislation states that any domestic journey which can be completed in under 2.5 hours by train is immediately abolished.
The decision, which came on Friday (December 2nd), ended a lengthy period of silence in which the European Commission was said to be investigating whether such a move was logistically possible. We first covered the story way back in April of 2021.
The demand for cutbacks were originally posed by France’s Citizens’ Convection on Climate, an assembly of ecologically minded volunteers tasked with finding ways to lower national emissions.
France is banning short-haul domestic airline flights for routes where the same journey would take up to two and a half hours by train
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They were, however, met with staunch opposition from the Union of French Airports and the Airports Council International, with both bodies citing the industry’s economic downturn spurred by COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Fast forward 20 months, and the ban has been green lit – though it fails to cut out all nationwide flights, as many had hoped. Initially, the ban only affects three routes; between Paris Orly and Nantes, Lyon, and Bordeaux where rail alternatives are available.