I missed this news item earlier this week, and didn't find another thread about it when I did a keyword search. Apologies if someone else already posted it. Interesting development on the carbon reduction front, with wider ranging implications in western Europe and elsewhere. Interestingly, the Canadian government announced a COVID related financial assistance package for Montreal headquartered Air Canada last week. This was the first support for an airline in Canada since COVID started. Part of that negotiation was the explicit requirement for Air Canada to restore service on a number of shorter domestic routes to smaller centers that had been earlier cut as a cost saving measure after the COVID lockdowns began last year. I will confess that when I lived in London between 2004 and 2008, and wanted to make a trip to Paris, I found the EuroStar train an infinitely more civilized way to travel compared to the airlines. https://www.airport-technology.com/features/france-bans-short-haul-flight-industry-reacts/ France bans short-haul flights: Industry reacts 14 Apr 2021 (Last Updated April 14th, 2021 17:15) ...The French Government has banned short-haul internal flights when rail alternatives could cover the journey in 2h30 or less. The bill, which was voted in the French Parliament on 10 April, will only apply to a handful of routes, such as those between Paris and Nantes, and Lyon and Bordeaux. Connecting flights are excluded. Aiming to cut down France’s CO2 emission levels of 1990 by 40%, the measure – which needs to be approved at the Senate level – was applauded by President Macron’s party LaREM. “We are engaging in a profound transformation of the aviation sector,” read a tweet from LaREM MPs. “Favouring the train or other means of public transport for short distances is common sense and a key gesture for the climate.”... ...Industry Minister Agnes Pannerier-Runacher responded to comments during an interview with European radio Europe 1. “We know that aviation is a contributor of carbon dioxide and that because of climate change we must reduce emissions,” Reuters reported that she said. “Equally, we must support our companies and not let them fall by the wayside.” To help support the industry, France recently granted €4bn for the recapitalisation of Air France, after previously allocating €7bn to the carrier to help weather the Covid-19 pandemic.