Plans to levy a tax on airline tickets to finance the roissy CDG express rail link

News Hour:

Air France, stylized as AIRFRANCE, is the French flag carrier headquartered in Tremblay-en-France,. It is a subsidiary of the Air France–KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance.Following publication in the press of information about the plan to levy a tax on air fares to finance the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Express rail link, Air France underlines the absolute need to create a fiscal framework allowing the Company to maintain the attractiveness of its commercial offer and therefore pursue its development.

The levy of a new tax on air fares, if implemented, would negatively impact the accounts of airlines operating on departure from and to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, beginning with those of the French national carrier. In the low hypothesis of a levy of 1 euro per passenger, Air France would incur additional costs of 17 million euros per year from 2017.

In an extremely competitive air transport sector, such a measure would reduce the impact of the efforts made by Air France staff to improve the airline’s competitiveness.

Frédéric Gagey, Chairman and CEO of Air France, stated: “Air France supports the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Express rail link project. But we are totally reluctant to the idea of guaranteeing, via a tax on airline tickets, the financial profitability of a project driven by other operators. To make investments, in other aircraft for example, Air France can only rely on its own resources – this rule must prevail in all areas.

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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