As the French government sought to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change, lawmakers voted to abolish domestic flights on routes that could be covered by ships in less than two and a half hours. , Guardian reported.
The vote for the bill on April 10, part of a broader climate bill that aims to cut France’s carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels, comes a few days later. when the state said it would contribute to refinancing the French Air, more than doubling its stake in flag carriers, to consolidate its finances after more than a year of limited COVID travel- 19, Reuters reported.
Minister of Industry Agnes Pannier-Runacher dismissed criticism from the airline industry that the recovery from COVID-19 that paralyzed airlines was not the time to ban some domestic flights and said there was no conflict between the bailout package and climate bill. “We know that aviation is a contributor to carbon dioxide and that due to climate change, we must reduce our emissions,” she told Radio Europe 1. “Likewise, we must support our companies and not let them fall to the curb.”
After a heated debate at the Assemblée Nationale over the weekend, the ban, a compact version of a key recommendation from the President Emmanuel MacronCitizen climate convention was adopted, according to the Guardian, noting that it would mean the termination of short domestic flights from Orly airport, south of Paris, to Nantes and Bordeaux among others. , although connecting flights via Charles de Gaulle / Roissy Airport, north of the French capital, will continue.