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France Plans To Put An 'Ecotax' On Nearly All Air Travel

France plans to put an ecotax on nearly all airline flights starting in 2020, French Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne said Tuesday. The new tax could bring in some $200 million that would support modes of travel that pollute less ? such as trains.

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

The new tax won't have any significant bearing to corresponding flights or flights that land in France ? just ones that start in the nation. Trips to Corsica and French territories overseas would also be exempt from the tax.

The green tax's cost would move alongside the travel distance and ticket type. For instance, the cost for a domestic flight would ascend by as meager as 1.50 euros ? about $1.70. Under the duty, a business-class ticket for a flight bound out of the European Union would cost 18 euros more ? about $20.

Comparative airfare taxes as of now exist in different nations. In Germany, a green duty includes somewhere in the range of 8 and 45 euros ($9-$50) to ticket costs, as indicated by Deutsche Welle. Sweden declared a practically identical flight charge in the spring of 2018.

Not long after the French government revealed the arrangement, Air France announced that it strongly disapproves of the tax, issuing a statement in which it said the initiative would cost its combined airlines more than $67 million each year. The airline is partly owned by the French government; its corporate group also includes Dutch airline KLM.

This measure would be extremely penalizing for Air France, of which 50% of its flights are operated out of France, and notably for its domestic network, where losses amounted to above 180 million euros [$202 million] in 2018, the company said.

In response, Borne said, there will be no disadvantage for French airline companies, adding, the chosen arrangements aim not to penalize them.

Air France's stock cost tumbled after Tuesday's declaration, completing the day with a 3% fall.

On the worldwide stage, French President Emmanuel Macron's legislature has played a main job in battling environmental change. Be that as it may, Macron has also faced criticism and setbacks as his cabinet tries to adopt new policies.

A planned tax on gas and diesel, for instance, sparked such an intense backlash that even after it was suspended, yellow vest or gilets jaunes protesters have become a force in France's public debate over how the government should be run, and how people should respond to a changing climate.