France bans short-haul flights where trains are available
A ban on short domestic flights for journeys that can be completed in two-and-a-half hours by train was signed into law in France on Tuesday.
Clement Beaune, France’s transport minister, heralded the decree.
“This is an essential step and a strong symbol in the policy of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Beaune said in a statement.
“As we fight relentlessly to decarbonize our lifestyles, how can we justify the use of the plane between the big cities which benefit from regular, fast and efficient connections by train,” he added.