French short-haul ban in place

France has now implemented its proposed ban on short-haul domestic flights where the distance can be covered by a train journey in under two-and-a-half hours. The ban all but rules out air travel between Paris and cities including Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux.

Aimed at reducing carbon footprint, and already applied in practice, the rule is currently being contested in court by several airlines. The ban is a result of President Macron’s 2019 Citizens' Convention on Climate, a body that included over a hundred ‘normal’ citizens proposed scrapping plane journeys where train journeys of under four hours existed. The law was passed in 2021 with Air France’s Covid recovery finance dependant on it following the rule.

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