Aviation industry slams French eco-tax on outgoing flights

France has announced plans to introduce a tax on flights from next year to fund cleaner transport options, but the aviation industry has warned that the proposed levy will undermine competitiveness

France has announced plans to introduce a tax on flights from next year to fund cleaner transport options, but the aviation industry has warned that the proposed levy will undermine competitiveness.

Transport minister Élisabeth Borne announced on Tuesday decisions made by France’s ‘ecological defense council’ as part of a €13.4 billion investment package to support cleaner mobility law over the next five years.

According to the plan, from 2020 flights departing from France will be taxed €1.50 euros per economy ticket for national or EU destinations, and €3 for non-EU destinations. The tax for business class tickets will increase to €9 and €18 euros respectively. The only exemptions will be for flights to Corsica and the French overseas territories, as well as for connecting flights.

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