No public support for France’s short-haul ban, says Ryanair boss

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said French President Emmanuel Macron was lying when he said the French government supported the ban on short-haul flights, the Telegraph reported.

“Be very careful with the French,” the newspaper said, saying. “You can always tell when the French lie because their lips move. “

O’Leary’s fiery comments come in response to France’s announcement earlier this year of a ban on short-haul flights. To reduce CO2 emissions, the French government will replace them with train journeys if they could be completed in less than two and a half hours.

According to O’Leary, the Élysée’s decision will have an impact on short-haul carriers while leaving long-haul carriers – including the French national carrier Air France – intact.

“France bans all domestic flights of less than 500 km – unless it is a connecting flight via Paris Charles de Gaulle. So basically Air France will continue to fly, but everyone will be banned, ”he added.

France is not the first European country to ban short-haul flights. Austria set the same rule in November 2020, replacing all flights between Vienna and Graz with a three-hour journey.

According to an April Twitter poll by British financial journalist Martin Lewis, 79.1% of Britons would be in favor of adopting the French strategy and banning short-haul flights if a train trip could help the countries to reduce their CO2 emissions.

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