The French Administrative Court in Pau rules that a contract passed between a regional airport and a low cost airline company to develop a new route is invalid for lack of notification to the EC Commission in breach of Art. 88.3 EC (Air Méditerranée / Ryanair)

By a judgement of 3 May 2005, the Administrative Court of Pau (“Tribunal administratif de Pau”) confirmed that regional airports managers face serious legal difficulties when they plan to create new international routes with the help of low cost airline companies by according them substantial financial advantages. The Court of Pau issued states that such advantages may be classified as State aids and, as a consequence, must be notified to the European Commission. If not, the contracts are invalid. This judgement is in conformity with previous case laws relating to similar cases [Administrative Court of Appeal of Nancy, 18 september 2003, Ryan Air vs. Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Strasbourg and Brit Air, n° 03NC00859 ; Administrative Court of Appeal of Nancy, 18 December 2003,

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Elias Berkani, The French Administrative Court in Pau rules that a contract passed between a regional airport and a low cost airline company to develop a new route is invalid for lack of notification to the EC Commission in breach of Art. 88.3 EC (Air Méditerranée / Ryanair), 3 May 2005, e-Competitions May 2005, Art. N° 339

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