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The EU Commission finds that a German airport abused its dominant position by refusing to grant access to facilities to some airline carriers (Frankfurt airport)

"One step beyond in the application of the essential facility theory"* On 14 January 1998, the European Commission adopted a decision [1] finding that Frankfurt airport was abusing its dominant position by not giving access to other companies to provide ground handling services (third party handling) nor granting to airlines the right to provide ground handling services themselves (self handling). Since then, the Commission services have been asked in several occasions to provide clarifications on this matter. Given the persistent interest raised by this decision, it was found appropriate to publish an article that would provide a brief description of the case and comment thereon. The comments reflect personal views of the author. 1. THE FRANKFURT AIRPORT CASE1.1. Content of the

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Enrico Maria Armani, The EU Commission finds that a German airport abused its dominant position by refusing to grant access to facilities to some airline carriers (Frankfurt airport) , 14 January 1998, e-Competitions January 1998, Art. N° 39318

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