France’s Plan to Ban Domestic Flying in France Slammed by IATA

France’s objective to cut carbon emissions by encouraging travellers to swap short haul flights for trains to cut carbon emissions, has been condemned as “complete and utter nonsense” by head of IATA Willie Walsh.

Mr. Walsh pointed to research that shows banning flights of 500km or less would reduce service levels by around 25 per cent, while cutting carbon emissions by less than 4 per cent.

The policy, coming into force in 2023, outlaws flights between destinations where there is an existing rail connection that takes less than two-and-a-half hours, reports The Telegraph.

Mr. Walsh, among other airline representatives, favours air traffic control reform in Europe as a more effective solution to reduce CO2 by 10 per cent.

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