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Sunday, 23 February 2014 15:00

Commission approves agreements between Aarhus airport and Ryanair

The European Commission has found that agreements giving discounts on airport charges and marketing incentives concluded between Aarhus airport and Ryanair in 1999 did not involve any state aid. Indeed, these arrangements were expected to increase the operating profits of the airport. In providing these incentives, the airport therefore behaved as any market economy operator would, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of European Commission.

The investigation showed that the 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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