Spain considering banning short-haul flights

Spain could be the next European country to halt short-haul flights, as part of efforts to combat climate change

Jun 14, 2023

France recently implemented a ban on domestic flights for routes that can be covered by train in under two and a half hours. Spain's plans align with its Prime Minister's 2050 Agenda, which includes similar measures.

Key takeaways

  • A study revealed that air travel in Spain generates double the carbon footprint of high-speed trains;
  • While the decision to ban short-haul flights in France was supported by many, it faced opposition from the International Air Transport Association (IATA);
  • However, research indicates that short-haul flights contribute the most to aviation emissions in Europe, and eliminating flights under 500 kilometers would significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation.

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