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France Plans to Tax Departing Flights in 2020

France Plans to Tax Departing Flights in 2020
Jackie Reddy

From next year, the French government is enforcing a so-called “eco-tax” on all flights departing from the nation’s airports. The level of tax paid will depend on the fare class, but it’s hoped that this revenue will raise about €180m (USD $202m) to fund more environmentally friendly forms of transport.

The French government will enforce what has been dubbed as an “eco-tax” on all flights departing from the nation’s airports starting in 2020, the BBC reports.

Elisabeth Borne, French transport minister, stated that this tax should raise approximately €180m (USD $202m) in revenue. These funds, she explained, will then be invested into environmentally-friendly forms of transport, such as the nation’s rail infrastructure.

According to the outlet, the amount levied is dependent upon the fare class of the purchased ticket. For example, €1.50 (USD $1.68) will be added to the price of an economy ticket while up to €18 (USD $20.17) will be added to a business class fare.

Speaking at a news conference, Borne confirmed the initiative, saying, “We have decided to put in place an eco-tax on all flights from France.”

This move by the French government comes just as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation – which voluntarily requests that participating carriers monitor their carbon emissions – comes into force.

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  1. Dublin_rfk

    July 11, 2019 at 3:53 am

    If france was serious about anything (green) it would tax people coming in before they spend all their money in france.

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