The French Administrative Supreme Court decides that the contracts signed by Ryanair with the Strasbourg airport are State aids subjected to the obligation of prior notification to the EC Commission (Strasbourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Ryanair)

By a decision of 27 February 2006, the Conseil d'Etat, the French Administrative Supreme Court, definitively closed the case concerning the conditions under which a new route between Strasbourg and London was opened and exploited by the low cost airline company Ryanair (hereafter “Ryanair”). The question of the opening of regional routes, and specifically of the financial conditions accompanying these openings, was the subject of many developments as well in EC and French case-law. The case of Strasbourg's airport and the route between Strasbourg and London constituted the first French case and already gave place to noticed decisions (cf. E. Berkani, French Courts rule that contracts passed between the airport of Strasbourg and a low cost airline company is a State aid submitted to

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Elias Berkani, The French Administrative Supreme Court decides that the contracts signed by Ryanair with the Strasbourg airport are State aids subjected to the obligation of prior notification to the EC Commission (Strasbourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry/ Ryanair), 27 February 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2006, Art. N° 531

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