France’s rail and air services to increase over Christmas


Rail services will return to 100% operation from December 15 to January 4, 2021, French Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said, while air services will also be increased.
Mr. Djebbari said Air France would triple its availability from December 15.

Air France tickets and train tickets will be exchangeable and with the possibility of reimbursement until the day of departure, said the minister.

Travel services have been cut as the country is locked down.

The minister made the announcements in an interview with the LCI news channel.

He said he asked the French rail company SNCF to strengthen its health protocol and promised that there would be no “train overload”.

France’s lockdown will be lifted on December 15 to be replaced by a curfew, if Covid-related health goals are met.

This will allow the return of international and interregional travel.

Mr Djebbari rejected the idea that airplane passengers are required to have a Covid-19 vaccine before traveling.

The CEO of Australia’s largest airline Qantas has said his passengers will need to be vaccinated.

Mr Djebbari said he felt the company had spoken “a little too fast” and that the idea “had not been backed by the Australian government”.

“It is not an airline or a rail operator that decides whether vaccines are mandatory or not, it is the health and government authorities,” he said.

In a speech on November 24, President Emmanuel Macron said that no Covid-19 vaccine would be made mandatory.

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