Air France is committed to drastically lowering its CO2 emissions in France, in particular by reducing the number of its domestic flights where the TGV is an alternative, in return for public aid granted to the company to deal with the coronavirus crisis, a said Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne on Sunday.
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“In exchange for the loan guaranteed by the State, Air France has made very strong commitments to reduce by 50% the CO2 emissions of its domestic flights by 2024 with in particular a drastic reduction on the routes where there is an alternative rail in less than 2h30“Said the minister on France Inter.
The Air France pilots’ union (Spaf), a very minority, warned management on Saturday about its plans to restructure the short-haul activity.
Air France-KLM has obtained aid of 7 billion euros from France to cope with the virtual paralysis of world air traffic caused by the pandemic of new coronavirus.
The German company Lufthansa, which for its part is discussing with the government a rescue plan of nine billion euros, announced Sunday that it intends to resume its flights to 20 destinations from mid-June, among which several popular holiday destinations.
Details on the summer holidays
The government should also give details on the next phase of deconfinement and in particular on the organization of summer vacations next week, the minister said. “From now on, you can book your holidays for the month of July, for the month of August. For the month of June, we will clarify things during the week. ” Many restrictions are in place until June 2. Until this date, travel is limited to 100 km around the home.
The government gave the green light on May 14 to reservations “in mainland and overseas” for July and August, somewhat clearing the horizon of a tourism sector stricken by the confinement and closing of borders.
“We absolutely do not invite the French to book their holidays abroad. This year, the idea is rather to spend your holidays in France, ”said Elisabeth Borne, while Italy and Spain have announced the upcoming reopening of their borders.
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