France to Impose Eco Tax on All Outbound Flights — Air Travel

France will add new ‘ecotax’ of up to $20 on international air departures beginning next year

France has also proposed an EU-wide eco tariff on airlines, applied as either an extra tax on flights or a levy on airline fuel.

The government said that the funds from tickets for flights originating in France would be used to create less-polluting transport options as concerns grow about carbon emissions from planes.

City AM reports that yesterday French transport minister Elisabeth Borne would introduces taxes on flights from French airports. Under the tax, a business-class ticket for a flight bound out of the European Union would cost 18 euros more - about $20.

Air France said it strongly opposed the new tax, which would significantly hurt its competitiveness and represented an additional cost of over 60 million euros ($US67m) annually.

It will only be applied on outgoing flights and not those flying into the country, Borne added.

The new tax will not apply to connecting flights or flights that land in France - only ones that originate in the country. Its German competitor Lufthansa also traded lower with its shares falling €2.50 to €14.8.

"Different charges could be considered to reinforce the principle of "polluter pays" and France believes that they should be weighed up in order to find the best way of doing it", a source in the French government said.

Calls to boycott air travel have grown in recent years in step with growing awareness about the dangers of climate change.

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Road transportation follows at 158 and rail travel is at 14, according to European Environment Agency figures.

The International Air Transport Association was quick to condemn the move.

Similar airfare taxes already exist in other countries.

So-called ecotaxes have met with heavy criticism from the IATA.

By comparison, Britain's air passenger duty for standard passenger planes starts at 13 pounds ($A23), rising to a maximum of 172 pounds ($A310), and generates more than 3 billion pounds in Treasury revenue every year. "It will have some minor impact on demand".

France aims to be carbon-free by 2050 in line with the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

But late a year ago, it abandoned an attempt to increase taxes on diesel fuel following the "yellow vest" protest movement. France will continue to push for a tax on jet fuel at the European level, she added.

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