France is to introduce an eco-tax on all airlines flying out of France from 2020.

A new fee of €1.50 will apply to every economy class ticket on flights within France or the EU, or €9 for business class tickets, and up to €18 for a business class ticket for flights outside of the EU region. There will be no tax on transit flights.

Speaking at an “Ecological Defence Council” at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday, the country’s transport minister Elisabeth Borne said: “This kind of tax exists in England, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. We’re not the only ones doing it.”

The new tax is expected to raise €180 million from 2020, with the proceeds used to directly support investment in sustainable transport in France. Borne added the country aimed to double the size of its regional transport infrastructure outside the capital by 2030, with a focus on rail, and that the proceeds would also be used for this project.

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