IATA DG and CEO Giovanni Bisignani yesterday urged governments to reject a proposal by French President Jacques Chirac to place a tax on aviation to fund Third World development. Chirac repeated his suggestion at the opening of the Ministerial Conference on Innovative Taxation to Fund Development in Paris. In a statement, Bisignani said, "Even those countries that this initiative is supposed to help are opposed to the tax. The African Union urged its member states to oppose the imposition of ...

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