The European Commission has given a green light for France to ban short haul domestic flights between cities that are linked by a train journey of less than 2.5 hours.
The changes are part of the country’s 2021 Climate Law and were first proposed by France’s Citizens’ Convention on Climate – a citizens’ assembly tasked with finding ways to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
France is also cracking down on the use of private jets for short journeys in a bid to make transport greener and fairer for the population.
Transport minister Clément Beaune said the country could no longer tolerate the super rich using private planes while the public are making cutbacks to deal with the energy crisis and climate change.
The ban on short-haul flights will be valid for three years, after which it must be reassessed by the European Commission.