Chirac Announces France Will Begin Airline Tax to Provide Funding for HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria Next Year
September 1, 2005
The French government next year plans to implement a tax on airline tickets to help fund the global fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, President Jacques Chirac said on Monday, the AP/USA Today reports (AP/USA Today, 8/30). Chirac in July sent a letter to about 145 world leaders asking for support on his proposal that would require an international airline tax to help fund the fight against the diseases. He first announced the idea in January at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The airline tax would be a surcharge on tickets issued to passengers departing from airports in countries participating in the program. In the letter, Chirac said the tax would be simple to impose and economically neutral and would take countries' economic status into account (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/29). French officials said a tax of about $6 per passenger internationally, with a $25 surcharge for business class, would generate about $12 billion annually worldwide, including $3 billion in Europe (AP/USA Today, 8/30).
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