The arrival of the stars of the French football team PSG, playing tonight against Belgian team Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League, has caused quite a stir among the many fans of Messi, Neymar and the rest of the star team as yesterday they were anxiously awaiting the team at Ostend-Bruges Airport, Belgium.
The very short hop between Paris Le Bourget and Ostend causes some frustration among environmental activists and environmental advocates: yesterday the Airbus A321 (registered F-HBUZ), a luxury aircraft of La Compagnie, was first ferried from Paris Orly to close-by Le Bourget (22 minutes), followed by a short hop to Belgium (37 minutes).
Small but important detail: the official Paris Saint Germain team bus completed the 300 km trip empty.
Last year, Greenpeace requested the European Commission to ban all short-haul traffic and earlier this year France abolished all short-haul domestic flights (in the event of alternatives taking less than 2.5 hours).
Personally I think that the star players would have survived the 4 hour trip on the luxurious coach or alternatively with a high-speed train.
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