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France Adds Eco-Tax to Outbound Flights

by Megan Hill

Aug 21, 2019

Aerial panoramic view of Paris skyline with Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and business district of Defense at pink sunset, as seen from Montparnasse Tower, Paris, France

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France will introduce an eco-tax on all outbound flights starting in 2020.

“With the eco-contribution, air transport will play its part in financing the daily transport of all our citizens,” French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said via Twitter. “It is a response to the ecological urgency and sense of injustice expressed by the French.”

France will add a tax of €1.50 on economy-class tickets and €9 on business-class tickets for domestic flights and within Europe. This means an increase to €18 for business-class tickets outside of the European Union.

The tax will apply to all airlines, but not all flights, including connecting flights transiting through France, those to Corsica and France’s overseas departments and territories.

Borne said the levy should raise about €180 million, used to fund cleaner forms of transport in France, especially rail service. This will include expanding France’s regional transport infrastructure outside the capital by 2030.

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