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Another country may ban short-haul flights

Another country may ban short-haul flights

The ban will be imposed on those routes that can be reached by train for no more than two and a half hours.

In Spain, they also want to reduce emissions from domestic flights and encourage more sustainable travel, which is part of the 2050 Climate Action Plan.

This may affect, among others, flights to Alicante, Barcelona, ​​Seville and Valencia, as well as Madrid, but does not apply to routes on which you can convert to international flights.

Madrid Barajas Airport

According to a Spanish study, up to 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide and 50,000 flights could be saved annually if flights could be stopped, which could be replaced by trains lasting no more than four hours.

A coalition of environmental groups has proposed eleven air routes where train would be a realistic alternative. If air traffic stopped on all of them, emissions from domestic air traffic in Spain would decrease by ten percent.

However, the government’s proposal is less radical than that, focusing only on train journeys of less than two-and-a-half hours. Meanwhile, it is not yet known whether the ban will actually be implemented.

Anyway, ninety percent of the flights on the Madrid-Valencia route are provided by trains, but at the same time it is not easy to get from Valencia to Madrid Airport at the moment, because you have to transfer in the city center. The train station, which is the most important for connecting flights.

France introduced a similar measure earlier this year, but environmental experts say it is doubtful emissions would be improved by focusing only on short-haul flights.

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