“If we ask things of Air France, it is not that the low-cost airlines can come and start their own service”, the French Minister of the Environment Elizabeth Terminal, said Monday on RMC radio.Ryanair Holdings Plc andEasyJet Plc already operate services in France.
The minister, the observations highlight the potential spillover effects of the environmental strings attached to the aid ofAir France-KLM, which could reshape the domestic flights. The policies would put France in the same camp as Austria, which has also placed constraints on the short-haul air travel in the framework of a financing plan for the local unit ofThe Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
“We have asked Air France to accelerate its transition environment,” Borne said, adding that this includes a “drastic reduction” in the number of flights for which there is an alternative rail link less than 2 1/2 hours.
Air France-KLM has received 7 billion euros ($7.9 billion) of loans and guarantees from the French government in exchange for agreeing to curb domestic flights by 40%. Even if this may include taking a few short-haul flights operate through the airport of Orly, the company should be able to maintain services through its Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub, which feed the long-haul destinations.
Citing figures from the Climate Action Network, Greenpeace France said that the measures are not ambitious enough because they could potentially reduce carbon emissions by just 6.6%.
The support said that it promotes following Austria, which had proposed to impose rules on plan-ticket prices, call 1-euro and even 15 euros tickets “shocking” and saying that she has their backs “in principle” minimum prices.
Austria is going to impose an additional ticket fee of 30 € for short-haul flights below 350 kilometers, and has said that the price can not be below taxes and fees, with a minimum price of 40 euros.