THE cost of a flight to France may rise after Jacques Chirac announced a tax on airline tickets would be brought in to fund aid in Africa.
"I have asked the government to start the necessary procedures so that such a levy is in place from next year," the French president said.
The EU backed the plans, and although a voluntary scheme, it is likely France will be joined by Germany and Belgium.
France estimates a tax of €1 or €2 on each ticket could raise up to €10 billion a year for extra funding for Africa - which will be used to combat disease and alleviate poverty.
Unsurprisingly, the bosses of low cost airlines asked why they should be singled out and considering many are already run on tight margins, for some this could be the final straw.