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The solidarity tax on airplane tickets (Taxe de solidarité sur les billets d'avion, also known as Chirac Tax) is a surcharge on the civil aviation tax which is destined to finance Unitaid. This tax was initially proposed by Presidents Jacques Chirac of France and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil. It was initially adopted by five founding countries (France, Brazil, United Kingdom, Norway and Chile) during a conference in Paris on September 14, 2005. Nine countries actually implemented this tax: Cameroon, Chile, Congo, France, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger and the Republic of Korea. Norway also contributes through its tax on CO2 emissions.[1]


The tax was first proposed by French president Jacques Chirac and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. It was later adopted by five countries at the Ministerial conference on innovative development finance held in Paris in February 2005.[2]

On 19 October 2019, the National Assembly adopted the first draft of the 2020 Budget which contained a provision instituting an additional contribution on air travel starting on 1 January 2020. This additional contribution is expected to yield 180,000,000 in yearly revenues which will be attributed to the AFITF to fund public transport projects.[3]


The tax is applied selectively depending on the final destination. Transit passengers are exempt under the following conditions;

The tax depends on the destination, either European Economic Area or outside EEA.

Solidarity tax on airplane tickets amounts since its inception
Starting on Destination within EEA
or Switzerland
Destination outside EEA Reference
Business or
First Class
Business or
First Class
1 July 2006 €1 €4 €10 €40 [4]
1 April 2014 €1.13 €4.51 €11.27 €45.07 [5]
1 January 2020 €2.63 €7.51 €20.27 €63.07 [6]

The tax raises approximately 160 million per year and since its introduction has raised over 1 billion.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Unitaid Innovative financing
  2. ^ "International solidarity levy on air tickets - Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  3. ^ "L'Assemblée nationale adopte l'éco-contribution sur le transport aérien" (in French). 2019-10-17. Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  4. ^ "Loi n° 2005-1720 du 30 décembre 2005 de finances rectificative pour 2005" [Amending Finance Act of 2005]. article 22, Law No. 2005-1720 of December 30, 2005 (in French).
  5. ^ "Arrêté du 25 mars 2014 portant actualisation à compter du 1er avril 2014 des tarifs de la taxe de l'aviation civile prévue à l'article 302 bis K du code général des impôts". article 1, Government order of March 25, 2014 (in French).
  6. ^ "Loi n° 2019-1479 du 28 décembre 2019 de finances pour 2020" [Finance Act of 2019 for 2020]. article 72, Law No. 2019-1479 of December 28, 2019 (in French).
  7. ^ "The Fondation Chirac applauds the increase in the solidarity contribution on airline tickets | Fondation Chirac". 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2014-01-01.