France has formally banned domestic flying for trains that take less than 2.5 hours to complete the journey. This restriction has long been in effect and was just made public by a government decree on Tuesday.
Only three routes—those connecting Paris-Orly Airport with the cities of Bordeaux, Nantes, and Lyon—have been eliminated. There won’t be any impact on subsequent flights.
The EU stipulated that the air route in question have a high-speed train alternative that allows passengers to travel between the two cities in less than two and a half hours for the ban to be effective. Additionally, there needs to be enough early and late trains to let passengers to arrive at their destination for at least eight hours.
In order to fully serve the demands of customers who may not prefer to travel by air, the law stipulates that train services on the same route must be frequent, reliable, and well-connected. To be in compliance with the rules, travelers must be able to take the outbound and return train excursions on the same day, giving them around eight hours to spend at their destination.
The action has been taken in an effort to lower CO2 emissions in Europe. Governments should support “real and significant solutions” to aircraft emissions rather than “symbolic bans,” according to Laurent Donceel, interim president of the industry association Airlines for Europe (A4E).” Banning these trips will only have minimal effects” on CO2 output, as per findings from Brussels.