The French government has decided to cancel flights between cities that can be reached in less than 2.5 hours by train, in an effort to reduce the country’s carbon emissions, which is a common goal of all European Unions.
The new legislator’s law is part of the country’s 2021 climate law and was initiated by the Climate Conference of French Citizens, a gathering of citizens determined to find alternatives to the country’s carbon emissions. SchengenVisaInfo.com report.
The new changes also approved the use of private jets for short trips, which have been banned as the country strives to make transportation greener and fairer for people.
In this regard, French Minister of Transport Clement Boone said that the country no longer tolerates the continued use of private jets by the wealthy for short trips. Energy crisis and climate change.
Initially, this decision faced opposition from the Union of French Airports (UAF) and the European branch of Airports Council International (ACI Europe), which prompted the European Commission to conduct a thorough investigation into the possibility of implementing the plan.
“It’s going in the right direction, but the first step is (not) very ambitious. We have to go further.” Sarah Fayol, transport campaign manager for Greenpeace France, told Euronews:
The ban on short trips will remain in place for three years, after which time the committee will have to reassess it. The decision was widely praised by the Transport Minister, who said the decision was an important step towards reducing emissions.
The main routes affected by the short-haul ban are those between Paris-Orly and Nantes, Lyon and Bordeaux. If rail services are improved, other routes could be added, including those between Lyon, Marseille, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Lyon and Rennes. Flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Bordeaux and Nantes – not included due to journey times of over 2.5 hours.
As previously reported by SchengenVisaInfo.com, France imposed a ban on short trips in April. It announces similar measures with Sweden, such as changing take-off and take-off fares for older, less fuel-efficient aircraft. Germany and other Scandinavian countries are expected to be next on the list to take action, while Austria has already canceled its famous route from Vienna to Salzburg.