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Short-haul flight ban is a good start – now we need to reimagine the modern airport

By Enrica Papa, Reader in Transport Planning, University of Westminster
Luis Delgado, Senior Research Fellow on Air Transport, University of Westminster
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If your journey takes two and a half hours or less by train, then no flights are allowed. That’s the idea recently approved by the French national assembly as a strategy for reining in the aviation sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Now the fine print. Connecting flights are exempt and, in practice, only five routes within France are likely to be affected, mainly from the secondary airport of Paris-Orly (ORY). About


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