Aids at MRS and AAR are OK for the EC

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Aids at MRS and AAR are OK for the EC

Post by atoutprix on Thu 20 Feb 2014 - 16:30

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-175_en.htm

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Following complaints from Ryanair and Air France, the Commission opened an in-depth investigation into investment aid at the Marseille Provence airport and certain advantages granted to the airlines using the airport in July 2011 (see IP/11/874).

Today the Commission has cleared the past investment aid for the restructuring of the airport (€3.6 million), for the development of freight (€1.5 million) as well as for the construction of the low cost terminal mp2 (€7.2 million), because it was in line with the principles applied by the Commission at the time the aid was granted.

The investigation showed that the various discounts granted to airlines for the introduction of new routes, for night parking of airplanes as well as the differentiated charges between the traditional terminal mp1 and the low cost terminal mp2 were granted on conditions that a private operator would have accepted in similar circumstances.

The Commission assessed furthermore a marketing contract with Ryanair's subsidy AMS. The costs of this contract are part of the overall arrangement between the airport and Ryanair. The investigation revealed that before modifying the airport charges and concluding the contract with Ryanair, the airport made detailed financial forecasts in order to choose the most advantageous and profitable alternative. This ensured that the charges and other arrangements with airlines did not distort competition because they were established at market terms.

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-174_en.htm

The investigation showed that the (Aarhus) airport charges and incentives, including discounts on airport charges and marketing incentives, offered to Ryanair were granted on conditions that a private operator would have accepted in similar circumstances. In particular, the investigation revealed that before modifying the airport charges and concluding the agreements with Ryanair, the airport chose for the most advantageous and profitable alternative. This ensured that the charges and other arrangements with Ryanair did not distort competition because they were established at market terms.
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