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Brussels investigates flight blockade in France

Air carriers had already cancelled 4 routes where there is a rail alternative

The European Commission will open an investigation to assess the legality of the suppression of air flights in French France on those routes for which there is an alternative rail link lasting up to 2.5 hours. The French government's decision, which is not yet in force, was taken after the publication of the climate law, with the aim of encouraging the decarbonisation of the transport sector. However, it has been the subject of several complaints from various aviation stakeholders. 

Brussels "has decided to carry out an in-depth analysis of the case, and will open a formal dialogue with the French authorities". This is a procedural step that does not prejudge the final decision on whether or not to ban the measure". "We understand that the French authorities intend to implement this measure from March, end of March 2022". This was stated by the spokesman for the European Commission, Stefan De Keersmaecker, at the microphones of the news agency "Afp" adding that the decision will be "as fast as possible". 

In short, the measure wanted by the Elysée should come into force in March 2022, but risks never seeing the light of day. However, even though air carriers have already stopped their flights on four important routes: Orly-Lyon, Orly-Nantes, Lyon-Marseille and the most important Orly-Bordeaux. Complaints against the law have been lodged by the association of French airlines, the union of French airports and the association of European airports (Aci Europe). Now Brussel will decides.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency