This tax wanted by the government could increase the prices of plane tickets

This tax wanted by the government could increase the prices of plane tickets
This tax wanted by the government could increase the prices of plane tickets

A new cold shower for French people who are used to traveling? After several successive months of increases, ticket prices from France fell for the first time this year in April, by an average of 0.7%. But prices could start to rise again, despite the government’s announcements last September. As a reminder, the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, announced a new tax at major airports in 2024 in order to bring in 600 million euros annually, but also that no tax on plane tickets was included in the draft budget for 2024.

Problem, according to The echoesduring the last congress of the National Aviation Federation (Fnam), the various participants had a strange surprise: they discovered that the government was considering a tax increase on plane ticketsmore precisely of the so-called solidarity tax (TSBA). This would automatically lead to a surge in the price of plane tickets. Why consider an increase in this tax? Questioned, the deputy secretary of the SGPE, Frédérik Jobert estimated that it would be necessary to fill thetax gap “in euros per tonne of CO2” between domestic flights, intra-European flights and long-haul flights.

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The latter in fact escape French and European taxation. However, if the difference between a domestic and international flight is one to four today, it could reach one to five in 2025 and even one to seven by 2030 according to projections. Frédérik Jobert confirms that he has no “taboo to fill this gap”. If an increase in the TSBA has not yet been recorded, for the deputy secretary of the SGPE, it would be “the most suitable tool” and the discussions continue. But according to information from Echoesthey are so advanced that the tax increase is in preparation for the finance bill (PLF) 2025.

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If to date the tax is set at 63.07 euros per flight in premium class and 7.51 euros in economy class, it could jump according to our colleagues! Will the government once again reverse course? Questioned on Thursday, May 23, the Minister of Transport Patrice Vergriete assured that he had no plans for a new tax in the air sector, but is the tax gap that currently exists tenable? The executive also wants to avoid, at all costs, that the plane is reserved only for a wealthy class of population. The issue is therefore crucial.

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