Short domestic flights which can be done through a 2-hour and 30-minute train journey have been banned in France.
This comes as part of a plan by the French government which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030 from 1990 levels.
This decision comes after the state said €4 billion will be contributed towards the recapitalisation of Air France which would more than double its stake in the company and subsequently support the company which has been badly affected by a year of Covid-19 travel curbs.
The aviation industry has criticised this action by stating that a pandemic recovery is not the time to be reducing and banning routes in an industry that is already struggling through the pandemic.
Dismissing the criticism, Industry minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher stated that there was no contradiction between the bailout and the climate bill while adding, “We know that aviation is a contributor of carbon dioxide and that because of climate change we must reduce emissions” but that we must also “support our companies and not let them fall by the wayside.”