The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway*

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the extension of the current guarantee scheme for airline operators in Norway until 31 December 2020.

Strict containment measures, including travel restrictions and quarantine measures, have been re-imposed across Europe after the summer. The decline in travel due to such restrictions continues to have an adverse effect on the liquidity and overall financial situation of airlines.

The guarantee scheme aims to make funds more accessible to airlines and ensure the continued provision of aviation services in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. The continuing challenges in the airline sector justify the prolongation proposed by Norway.

Today’s decision extends the scheme for an additional two months, until 31 December 2020.

You can read ESA’s decision here.

*This is the original title of the press release. The title above has been amended in order to match the e-Competitions format. Individual authors are welcome to provide original independent commentaries on the case law. Articles are subject to approval by the Board of e-Competitions Bulletin before publication based on the Editorial Policy (click here).

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EFTA Surveillance Authority, The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 15 October 2020, e-Competitions October 2020, Art. N° 97276

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