French government sets green conditions for Air France bailout

May 01, 2020

Air France must slash domestic flights and agree to work towards becoming the world's "most environmentally friendly" airline, if it is to satisfy the conditions of its government bailout. The French government wants Air France to halve its overall CO2 emissions per passenger-kilometre by 2030, compared with 2005 levels. The finance minister is also calling for a 50% reduction by the end of 2024 on domestic flights' CO2 emissions. "As soon as there is a rail alternative to domestic flights with a duration of less than 2.5h, these domestic flights will have to be drastically reduced and limited to hub transfers" says French finance minister Bruno Le Maire.

The French government is also calling on Air France to commit to sourcing 2% of its fuel requirements from sustainable sources by 2025. The airline announced in December that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with World Energy and Shell to begin using a blend of conventional and sustainable aviation fuel on flights out of San Francisco from 1 June.

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