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Parliamentary questions
11 January 2016
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Renato Soru (S&D)

 Subject:  Low-cost carriers and regional airports

To open a region up to the outside world, public authorities often enter directly or indirectly into agreements with airlines offering support for marketing, discounts, or frequent flyer programmes and other types of incentives. Measures of this kind can involve state aid.

According to the Commission communication entitled ‘Guidelines on state aid to airports and airlines’ (2014/C 99/03), the way to determine whether airlines are receiving aid is to ascertain whether the price charged by an airport to a given airline for airport services corresponds to the market price.

The answer to the latter question thus has to be based on comparison with a sufficient number of similar airports providing comparable services under normal market conditions.

1. What are the general terms of the agreements between low-cost carriers and airports comparable to Alghero Airport (Sardinia, Italy)?

2. Which of those agreements are considered compatible with European state aid rules?

3. How many infringements have been found to exist?

Original language of question: IT 
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