France is one of the first countries to begin legislating how things should be when the economy opens up again. There are conditions attached to the €7bn Air France/KLM bailout.
There will be ban on short-haul domestic air travel which apply to routes where trains offer a journey time of 2h30min or less. This means Air France will no longer be able to sell tickets for domestic travel on flights between Paris and Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes or Rennes.
“The plane should no longer be a means of transporting [people] in one hour or one hour 15 minutes which could be done at lower cost of CO2 by train in two hours or two hours 30.” This must be the rule and we will enforce it.” — Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy & Finance, France.