New French travel policy bans domestic flights that can be reached by train

French's parliament has voted to ban any domestic flights in which the same destination can be reached by train in less than two and a half hours.

The new policy now means that greener train transportation will be the only travel option for nearby domestic destinations. Train transportation emits, on average, 77 times less CO2 than flights, so this change will drastically cut transportation emissions. 

Despite this, the initial legislation, which was introduced by President Emmanuel Macron’s citizens’ climate convention, had recommended a ban on all flights in which the destination could be reached by a four-hour train ride. However, the time was cut down due to concerns about isolating rural landlocked destinations and job loss in the airline industry.

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