In a groundbreaking move, France has enacted a ban on domestic short-haul flights if alternative train options are available. This measure, hailed as a crucial step in the country’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, has come into effect this week.
The law, published through a decree, specifically prohibits public internal flights between French destinations when a train journey of fewer than 2 hours and 30 minutes can serve as a satisfactory alternative. This decision is based on France’s extensive high-speed rail network, which offers efficient transportation options.
Under this ban, public passenger flights connecting Paris-Orly with cities like Bordeaux, Nantes, and Lyon will be affected, while connecting flights remain unaffected.
Transport Minister Clément Beaune emphasized the significance of this move, stating that it represents a pivotal step and a powerful symbol in the government’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He further highlighted that this ban sets a global precedent and aligns with the government’s policy of promoting transportation modes with lower greenhouse gas emissions.
By implementing this ban, France is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable transportation and taking a leading role in addressing climate change.