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If the same route can be covered by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, you’d better take the train when in France. That’s because the country has now formally banned certain short domestic flights hoping to reduce airline emissions.

This means flights between regional areas and cities like Nantes, Bordeaux and Lyon will not take off. Connecting flights will not be affected.

It’s widely believed that the new French legislation will become a case study for other countries.

News24 reports that the law specifies train services on the same route must be frequent, timely and well-connected to meet the needs of passengers who would otherwise travel by air – and able to absorb the increase in passenger numbers.

Airline carriers are also doing their part to fight their carbon emissions output. Airlines For Europe recently switched from jet fuel to non-fossil sources. It also deployed battery or hydrogen-powered aircraft.

The law, which came into effect last week, comes as a major victory for those politicians who are also currently debating to reduce emissions from private jets.

Image credit: CNBC

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