France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Flights

France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Flights

France Moves to Ban Short-Haul Flights 1280 853 Marvin

A bill prohibiting regional flights that could be replaced with an existing train journey of less than two and a half hours passed the country’s National Assembly late on Saturday.

The bill is part of a legislative package which aims to reduce France’s emissions by 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030, Reuters reported. It is a watered-down version of a proposal suggested by France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate, BBC News explained. This group, which was formed by President Emmanuel Macron in 2019 and included 150 ordinary citizens, had put forward a ban on flights that could be replaced with an existing train journey of under four hours.

However, the journey length was lowered after protests from KLM-Air France, which had suffered heavy losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, and regions who were concerned about being left out of national transit networks.

Source: ecowatch.com

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