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Sumar wins the PSOE the fight on short flights

PSOE and Sumar advance with firm steps to deal a new blow to tourism. Yesterday, both political parties agreed on a transactional amendment with the aim of reducing domestic flights as long as there is an alternative by train lasting less than two and a half hours. (Spain imitates France and will say goodbye to short flights)

This measure was part of the Government agreement signed by Yolanda Díaz and Pedro Sánchez to carry out the legislature. Now, although the pact is still not binding, it does urge the Executive to undertake the measure instead of “studying” it. (The data that confirms the ineffectiveness of reducing short flights in Spain)

According to El Debate, the text leaves out those connections “with hub airports that link with international routes.” Likewise, the PSOE warned Sumar that it will not prosper if it negatively affects the “insular conditions” of the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, which are highly dependent on air transport.

What is clear is that this measure will be a hardship for small airports that are not connected by rail, as well as for airlines. Sumar has presented this law three days after failing in the Galician elections and as a matter of urgency.

From Madrid there will be five routes affected and all of them already have railway alternatives that meet the requirements of the pact. These are the ones that link the Spanish capital with Barcelona, ​​Seville, Valencia, Alicante or Malaga.

The opposition has not been slow to charge against this agreement. The deputy general secretary of the Popular Parliamentary Group, Guillermo Mariscal, has pointed out that “if we prohibited these short flights, those people who have to fly outside our country would no longer use Madrid as a stopover, but rather another country. We would neither reduce emissions nor contribute to improving the economy.” (The veto of PSOE and Sumar on short flights is watering down)

Likewise, the airline sector has been criticizing the lack of effectiveness of this reduction for months. The president of ALA, Javier Gándara, stated that these routes represent only 0.9% of the CO2 emissions of all flights in Spain. Furthermore, he explained that “there has been a natural transfer from the plane to the train, which covers between 80% and 90% of the market on High Speed ​​routes.”

“Prohibiting these flights would not only increase emissions, but we would also lose competitiveness in our hubs, diverting passengers to other European hubs such as Paris or Frankfurt. The solution is not prohibition, but decarbonization,” stated the airline representative.

Source: Preferente

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