The TGV takes its revenge on the plane to Paris

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – Thanks to its speed and carbon neutrality, the high-speed train strengthens its domination between Switzerland and the City of Light.

By Philippe Rodrik (La Tribune de Genève)

In Switzerland, the ecological commercial duel between rail and air is becoming torrid for the destination of Paris. TGV Lyria has drawn up a new study, confirming the green performance of its trains. The Franco-Swiss railway company is thus strengthening itself even further against its air competitors, starting with Easyjet and Air France.

The popular vote of June 13, on a law on the OC2, accompanied by a new tax on plane tickets, is obviously developing its effects. The stakes are nonetheless enormous. A conservative estimate, based on the existing supply, shows that the demand for trips to Paris, by air or rail, can be counted in several million trips sold each year in Switzerland, excluding the pandemic. In addition, there are road services. A study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), carried out in 2017, further indicated that mobility between

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