France to introduce eco-tax on airlines
France will introduce an eco-tax on all outbound flights from 2020, as reported by Business Insider.
Elisabeth Borne, the country’s transport minister, announced that there would be a tax of €1,50 (R24) on economy-class tickets and €9 (R143) on business-class tickets for domestic flights and those within Europe. Business-class tickets to points outside the European Union will be levied at €18 (R287).
Iata has released a statement addressing the tax, calling it ‘misguided’ and saying that it will not help the industry to invest in cleaner fuels and technology.
The tax will be applied to all airlines, however some flights will not be affected, including connecting flights transiting through France.
Proceeds will be used to fund cleaner forms of transport in France, such as rail.