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Airtravel restrictions: France below 2.5 hrs

Old 12th Apr 2021, 12:07
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No obviously not, because CDG-NCE will be unaffected as you can't get from Paris to Nice in less than 2.5 hours (or anything close to that) by train.
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 12:25
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This concept is clearly not finished. But to me it looks like killing smaller airports and maybe smaller airlines. France has many remote regions that need to be connected right away and France is big. TGVs don't go everywhere. And they connect at Paris.
Will the limit not kill electric flight before it is on the market?
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 12:46
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For TLS, the line remain because Airbus headquarter is there, and is the major employer of the area. Before covid there was 23 rotations each day to Paris. There is also a project to build high speed track to Bordeaux, but not confirmed as of today.
Marseille and Nice will still have their connexion to Paris, as mentionned before
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 13:28
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Yep, that proposed extension to the TGV network gets an airing in the local Toulouse press and elsewhere about every year or so and has done for about 40 years..TBH I think the Paris flights are safe for a while yet.

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...e-1776991.html
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 17:29
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Pooh-poohers of the train, consider that there is good wifi, reasonable food (except recently), more space, no seatbelts, no security, fewer idiotic announcements, and less of a trek to your destination... quite a civilized way to travel, really
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 17:51
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So just to make sure I understood. Air France was bailed out, and as a compensation measure these short flights are now banned for everyone, with the exception of connecting flights, coincidentally operated by Air France.
So basically not only AF was saved with an insane amount of cash, but its competitors will suffer as well by having some flights made illegal? Did I get it right or am I missing something?
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 18:18
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SOP in France and elsewhere, are you surprised??
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Old 12th Apr 2021, 19:58
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am I missing something?
not much . The AF B$ bailout and the 2,5h ban were in fact 2 separate things initially but in politics things can merge..... Bruno Lemaire, the French economy minister said a few months ago clearly and openly that the French State will never let AF disappear. . You cannot say they do this in secret
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 05:50
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Originally Posted by Airone2977 View Post
For TLS, the line remain because Airbus headquarter is there, and is the major employer of the area. Before covid there was 23 rotations each day to Paris. There is also a project to build high speed track to Bordeaux, but not confirmed as of today.
Marseille and Nice will still have their connexion to Paris, as mentionned before
Originally Posted by wiggy View Post
Yep, that proposed extension to the TGV network gets an airing in the local Toulouse press and elsewhere about every year or so and has done for about 40 years..TBH I think the Paris flights are safe for a while yet.

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo...e-1776991.html
Nothing related to Airbus being in Toulouse!
The only reasonable TGV possibility from Paris to Toulouse is the high speed line between Bordeaux and Toulouse, as per Wiggy's post.
In any case, if the line is effectively built (I am quite doubtful on that due to environment considerations), the time will be more than 2h30mn, being already 2h10mn, at the minimum from Paris to Bordeaux. So, the flights Paris to Toulouse would be kept.

However, other French organisations ask for the limit to be set-up at 4 hours instead of 2h30, which would have much more important consequences on air transport in France.
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 07:48
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2.5 hours is a bit too long, 1.5 or possibly 2 hours would have been better as long as the route was served by a TGV.

Japan has an excellent high speed rail system and could easily do the same, with very little disruption.

In the UK, from London, rail travel predominates as far as Newcastle. North from there, even though the extra distance to Scottish cities isn’t great air travel takes over. Train to Newcastle, fly to Glasgow.

A similar ban wouldn’t be possible in the USA due to the lack of a decent rail network, let alone a high speed one.
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Old 13th Apr 2021, 12:02
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Valid point, most of the TGV station are in city centers, that is a true advantage. Most of french holliday makers choose train instead of plane to travel within the contry. It is in fact very popular, expecially for familes. I used train and plane from marseille to paris, and to be honnest, TGV is way more faster.
There is direct connexion only for CDG and LYS airport, the product use to be called "TGV Air". AF used to have a projet to have and drive their own TGV to that matter, I never knew if this was a rumor or realy true, though it would make sens nowadays
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Old 14th Apr 2021, 10:22
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There are trains that run from Strasbourg railway station to CDG specifically for air passengers ... with AF flight numbers. Still a heck of a lot more hassle* than the regular 11-minute rail shuttle to SXB Entzheim, and then a quick hop on Hop! to CDG.

(* Sadly through personal experience on more than one occasion!)
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Old 16th Apr 2021, 11:24
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The problem is the TGVs are fine for travel to/from Paris but not as useful for most other trips. Its ok saying that the TGV journey is under 2.5 hours but once you factor in getting to/from the station it can be much quicker to fly unless you are travelling city centre to city centre. The paradox is that banning flights is likely to cause a shift to road. I did a quick calculation and energy use is roughly even between two people travelling by car flying so a family uses less energy travelling by car, a solo business traveller more. (Warning its much more complicated than that!) I can't really speak for France but I reckoned that travelling with Southwest Airlines in the US actually saved energy compared with driving. That said France is a centralised country and a lot of things are in central Paris. I wonder if UK policy is moving in that direction?

Looking at the UK you certainly have to consider regional development issues when looking at the demise of FlyBe which connected many regional cities. Cross Country rail can be much slower (if available at all) for many airport pairs but we are moving above my pay grade.

Will TGVs be regulated like a utility? Fine if there is a guaranteed low cost fare at all times. That is the model of some railways like the Deutsche Bahn ICE services but not French TGVs which in a way paradoxically apply the airline yield management approach. What if the absence of air competition causes fares to rise?

You could always book a route involving a connection but then only use one leg (although not with luggage - we all know about the issues with airlines). Doubtless that would cause all kind of problems if a lot of people did it.
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Old 16th Apr 2021, 17:39
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Still a heck of a lot more hassle
Why?

Claiming that trains are "green" is tricky due to the huge amount of concrete, steel, etc. involved, although electricity in France is quite green due to lots of nuclear plants.
Peter47 there is a train station directly at CDG, enabling mixed plane / train journeys which really is the way things should be. Vienna sorted this out a few years ago too. London sadly still a backwater where one must trundle along in the Tube for ages to get to a train station.
The SNCF train booking site oui.sncf offers diesel-powered buses and petrol-powered car shares too, which are often cheaper than trains (although presumably less civilized, I have yet to try).
Saturation on the Lignes Grand Vitesse was a problem pre-Covid leading to 800m long pairs of double-decker trains every 2 mins, whereas still plenty of sky available.
Not sure that banning a rather small number of flights operated by CRJs and such will suddenly make a huge difference to mother Earth when China is still opening a new coal fired power station every two weeks. My $0.02, I think hydrogen or electric (or both) aircraft are the future for short flights.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 05:20
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How long before they ban you flying around in your Cessna or your (French) SOCATA Tobago?

New tech GA aircraft like Jet fueled Diamond's use less fuel than many cars over the same distance.
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