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Additional taxation of flights to/from Suisse

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I've read an article claiming government approved steep taxation due to emissions for all flight tickets, the more luxurious and shorter the flight the higher the tax. Not a good timing for carriers with what's happening out there.
Anybody has any more info, ie timelines?
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Hi,
I've read an article claiming government approved steep taxation due to emissions for all flight tickets, the more luxurious and shorter the flight the higher the tax. Not a good timing for carriers with what's happening out there.
Anybody has any more info, ie timelines?
CHF 30 to 120 depending on class and distance. Not exactly "steep" given how much aviation is subsidised compared to other forms of transport. Timeline not yet available.

https://www.thelocal.ch/20190920/swi...on-environment
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I've read an article claiming government approved steep taxation due to emissions for all flight tickets, the more luxurious and shorter the flight the higher the tax. Not a good timing for carriers with what's happening out there.
Anybody has any more info, ie timelines?
No more details, beyond the tax would be between 30 and 120 CHF and is currently discussed by the bundesrat. https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/passeng...ckets/45826798

The end of commercial passenger flights for Bern and Lugano should make this measure unnecessary, right?

Also relevant, the Basel airport is located in France. If this tax gets implemented it would make the Zurich airport less competitive without reducing any CO2 emissions. Not sure about the status of the Geneva airport which is in Switzerland but there's an agreement with France to have a "French zone". Are flights within France departing from Geneva going to be taxed?
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Also relevant, the Basel airport is located in France. If this tax gets implemented it would make the Zurich airport less competitive without reducing any CO2 emissions.
Extraterritorial isn't the same as extrajudicial, there's a Swiss sector and a French one.
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Extraterritorial isn't the same as extrajudicial, there's a Swiss sector and a French one.
I think the point is that (in theory) if you book a ticket transiting via BSL you'll pay more than if you book via MUL. Even though it's the same airport.
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I think the point is that (in theory) if you book a ticket transiting via BSL you'll pay more than if you book via MUL. Even though it's the same airport.
Same with parking on the French side and enjoy 30% rebate (subject to details of course).
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I think the point is that (in theory) if you book a ticket transiting via BSL you'll pay more than if you book via MUL. Even though it's the same airport.

easyJet is the main user of the BSL/MUL airport. It would be interesting to see their answer to the taxes applied to flights departing from BSL. Would they move to the French sector in the same airport?
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