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France bans short-haul flights to tackle climate change

In an effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, France has banned flights for short distances where people can take the train.

Flights between Paris, Nantes, Lyon, and Bordeaux are not allowed.

The ban does not affect connecting flights.

Originally, the move was proposed to restrict any train journeys that would take less than four-hours.


The aviation industry was fiercely opposed to the inclusion of this legislation in the 2021 climate law.

After objections, the train journey was reduced to 2 and a half hours.

The law specifies also that trains must be frequent enough to accommodate passengers who would normally fly.

France is home to the second largest railway network in Europe, and offers low-cost high-speed travel throughout the country.

France’s ban of short-haul flight comes after UK recently cut tax on domestic flights.

Rishi Sunak, as chancellor of 2021, announced that the tax on domestic flight would be cut in half from PS13 down to PS6.50.

The changes came into effect on April 1, 2023.


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