France Officially Bans Domestic Short-Haul Flights

No more short-haul flights in France.
Paris-Orly Airport in France

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France has officially pulled the plug on short-haul flights in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, and lawmakers hope to steer travelers towards trains, where you can enjoy scenic views and play “spot the cow” as you zip past the countryside.

In the battle against climate change, France is banning short domestic flights for journeys that can be completed in under 2.5 hours by train. This initiative is set to span at least three years, during which officials will assess its effectiveness and chart the way forward. Supporters see France’s high-speed rail network as a key to reducing carbon emissions, while critics point out significant limitations in the ban’s restrictions.

Which flight routes are they cutting?

Only three routes are currently discontinued: Paris-Orly Airport to Nantes, Bordeaux, and Lyon. The ban focuses on routes with frequent direct train service, ensuring travelers at least eight hours at the destination. These routes account for about 5,000 flights per year, a small fraction of the nearly 200,000 domestic flights, which contribute only a small portion to the country’s transportation sector emissions. Connecting flights are not affected by this ban.

France’s recent rule might be a potential catalyst for broader changes throughout the EU. Many individuals are already advocating for this ban to be adopted across the continent, indicating a growing desire for more sustainable travel practices.

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