GAFA tax: Companies have received their tax notice

"Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," said Bruno Lemaire. Not to mention the possible wrath of the American authorities, the GAFA have already taken the lead. Here's how.   The negotiations on the digital tax at the OECD have come to naught. “We had suspended the collection of the tax until the OECD negotiations were concluded. This negotiation failed, so we will collect a tax on the digital giants next December, "explained Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy, in mid-October. "Companies subject to this tax have received a tax notice for the payment of the 2020 installments," the Ministry of the Economy said today. Facebook and Amazon "are among the companies" which have been notified "in recent days", assures for its part the Financial Times. So after firing the first ones, what should the French authorities expect from now on? Has

Singapore Airlines Abandoned "Flights to Nowhere"

Faced with the outcry from environmental defenders, Singapore Airlines is giving up on "exceptional short flights" or "flights to nowhere" (flights that leave and land at the same airport). Instead, the airline will offer tours of its aircraft and dinners on board its Airbus A380s, as well as entertainment for children.

Faced with strong criticism from conservationists against the practice of "flights to nowhere" (which leave and land at the same airport) - which have benefited from a real craze from customers against a background of scarcity of possible destinations in due to the coronavirus crisis -, the airline company Singapore Airlines (SIA) gives up this practice, intended to replenish its finances. Faced with the collapse of air traffic due to the coronavirus, several companies in Australia, Japan and Taiwan, had offered these original flights in recent months. "The idea of ​​exceptional short flights or + flights to nowhere + was initially considered but will not be validated after examination", indicates the Singaporean company which will bet on other initiatives for air transport aficionados. 

Singapore Airlines Abandoned "Flights to Nowhere"
The air carrier will offer tours of its aircraft and dinners aboard its Airbus A380s, the largest commercial aircraft in service, as well as entertainment for children. A flight to nowhere "encourages travel that emits a lot of carbon for no good reason," said SG Climate Rally, an association of young environmental defenders. "We believe that air travel causes environmental damage and that we are at an opportune time to seriously consider a transition rather than aspire to return to a destructive status quo." 

 The Singaporean company, which had to immobilize most of its fleet because of the pandemic, announced at the beginning of the month 4,300 job cuts, a 20% reduction in its workforce. At the end of July, Singapore Airlines had posted a record loss of 1.12 billion Singapore dollars (693 million euros) in the first quarter of its staggered 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) estimates that companies in the Asia-Pacific region will suffer losses of 27.8 billion dollars (23.6 billion EUR) this year. Iata estimates that global air traffic will not return to its pre-crisis level before 2024, in particular because of uncertainties about the openings of borders which weigh on international travel.