France has banned all short-haul domestic flights in the country effective May 24. The French government has taken the step to reduce carbon emissions. The flights have been banned on routes with train lines. However, critics call the ban 'symbolic'.
Domestic flights in France have been banned on routes where the same journey can be completed by train in under 2.5 hours.
🌳 Ce matin, l’interdiction des lignes aériennes en cas d’alternative de moins de 2h30 en train devient réalité.— Clement Beaune (@CBeaune) May 23, 2023
C’est un signal majeur et une 1ère mondiale ! On continue ! pic.twitter.com/rizee5snPJ
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More short-haul domestic flight routes can be banned in France if rail connectivity improves, such as between the cities of Marseille and Rennes.
France is also evaluating ways to reduce carbon emissions coming from private jets.
On the other hand, Greenpeace, an NGO campaigning for environmental causes, argues that all flights within the EU with rail journeys that can be covered within 6 hours should be banned.
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