France to impose green tax on plane tickets

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The French government will impose new taxes of up to 18 euros ($20) on plane tickets for all flights from airports in France, beginning from next year.

The government said that the funds would be used to fund less-polluting transport projects as concerns grow about the environmental impact of carbon emissions from planes.

It will see a tax of 1.5 euros ($1.7) imposed on economy-class tickets on internal flights and those within Europe, Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said.

She added that the new measure is expected to bring in some 182 million euros a year which will be invested in greener transport infrastructures, notably rail.

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

A similar tax was introduced in Sweden in April 2018, which imposed an added charge of up to 40 euros on every ticket in a bid to lessen the impact of air travel on the climate.

 




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