Market Economy Operator* Comparing prices charged by different airports is not a suitable method for detecting the existence of selective advantages. Introduction Airports enter into complex agreements with airlines. When airports are in public ownership or operate under a mandate by the state, their agreements with airlines may contain State aid. It is, however, very difficult to detect State aid in these agreements because what airports charge or not charge varies from airline to airline, depending on the frequency of flights, the number of routes which are served, the volume of passengers and on other things such as the extent to which the airline can promote the airport. Comparison of charges by different airports is further complicated by the fact that price differentiation is
The EU General Court confirms the Commission’s decision on State aid granted by Austria to an airline company due to an expired ten year limitation period (Ryanair)
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