The French Administrative Supreme Court annuls a decision ordering the recovery of State aid to an airline on the grounds that the public collective had already emitted the relevant enforceable title (Ryanair / SMAC)

In 2008, Ryanair airline and its subsidiary which was selling advertising space on Ryanair’s website, Airport Marketing Services (AMS), entered into a five year agreement with the Angoulême airport in France which ownership was transferred from the French Republic to the public Syndicat mixte des aéroports de Charente (SMAC). Under the first of those agreements, Ryanair undertook to operate an initial flight programme of the route between Angoulême airport and London Stansted airport, three times per week during the summer months. SMAC granted Ryanair certain reductions on passenger charge, landing charge and ground-handling charge compared with the general schedule of charges in force at the latter airport. Under the second of the agreements, entitled

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Georges Vallindas, The French Administrative Supreme Court annuls a decision ordering the recovery of State aid to an airline on the grounds that the public collective had already emitted the relevant enforceable title (Ryanair / SMAC), 15 December 2017, e-Competitions December 2017, Art. N° 109120

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