Short-haul domestic flights banned in France

The law came into effect two years after lawmakers voted to end routes where the same journey could be made in under two and a half hours by train.

The ban excludes air travel between Paris and cities such as Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux. Connecting flights were also not affected by the ban.

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Critics of the decision described the measures as “symbolic”.

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“Banning these travels will have little impact on CO2 emissions,” Laurent Donceel, interim head of the European Airways (A4E) industry group, told the French news agency AFP.

Instead, he urged governments to find “real solutions” to the problem.

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Airlines around the world have been severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Flightradar24 website reported that the number of flights last year decreased by almost 42% compared to 2019.

The French government is facing calls for stricter rules.

The Climate Agreement of the Citizens of France, which was put forward by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and composed of 150 citizens, recommended that air travel be abolished in places where train journeys are under four hours.

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