Recently, the mayor of the Catalan capital city of Barcelona has stated that she would like to ban short-haul flights within Spain that can be reached via their High-Speed Train network of which she is in favour of. The largest route to be affected by this is Barcelona-Madrid, being one of the busiest routes in the world served by Long-haul, widebody aircraft sometimes, which could do some damage to Spanish aviation.
The mayor had proposed that taking the train would be 20 times greener than flying and overall, cheaper, more reliable and maybe even faster using the High-speed AVT train non-stop service between the two cities.
Personally, I get the mayor’s points. Some areas between cities are at situations where it’s better to take the train. All you do is go to the station, get your ticket, and hop on. (If that is correct of course)
To fly, you’d need to take some sort of other transportation to get to the airport, check-in, go through security, wait an hour or two and hop on the plane.
What’s your opinion on this?