France bans short domestic flights

France bans short domestic flights

The measure will supposedly help avert climate change, but critics say it will have little impact

A French ban on short-haul domestic flights has come into force after it was approved by the European Commission. Private jets will not be affected by the carbon-cutting plan.

Under a government decree published on Tuesday, domestic flights that are possible in less than two and a half hours by train have been forbidden. 

The change will scrap dozens of daily flights between Paris and regional hubs like Nantes, Lyon, or Bordeaux, and result in cleaner, but longer, journeys for passengers. For a commuter traveling…