France first in Europe to ban short domestic flights


France was the first in Europe to ban short domestic flights

According to the Minister Clément Beaune of France, the ban will apply to air routes with developed rail links if the trip takes less than two and a half hours. At the same time, several direct high-speed rail flights should be available daily.

Three routes will be the first without aircraft: Paris Orly Airport — Bordeaux, Orly — Nantes and Orly — Lyon. Airlines will now be prohibited from flying between these destinations.

Other air routes are planned to be removed in the future. For example, between Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and Rennes and Lyon, as well as between Lyon and Marseille. However, to do this, you first need to improve the rail connection, because at present it is impossible to get to the airport by train early in the morning and late in the evening.

The ban on air travel will be in effect for three years, but in two years it may be revised.

Train travel in Europe — one of the best ways to get around thanks to the high speed connections available between many major cities and countries. In France, the first passenger route appeared in the 1800s, and now there are 11 high-speed lines with a length of more than 2 600 km, for example, between major cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Lille. 

< p>SNCF is also developing a new high-speed direct link between Paris and Berlin with its German counterparts that will connect the two major cities in just 7 hours.

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