Competition: EFTA Surveillance Authority opens proceedings against Widerøe
The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has opened formal antitrust proceedings against Widerøe's Flyveselskap AS to investigate whether it may have infringed the EEA competition rules.
Widerøe is an airline that operates public service obligations routes (“PSO-routes”) in Norway. For safety reasons, a satellite-based approach system (called SCAT-1) is installed at several regional airports in Norway. At the airports where this system is installed, it is required that the aircraft has SCAT-1 on-board equipment installed to operate the PSO-routes.
ESA will investigate whether Widerøe may have abused a dominant position in violation of Article 54 of the EEA Agreement by refusing to supply an essential component of the system to other operators and thereby hampering market access.
Gjermund Mathisen, Director of the Authority's Competition & State Aid Directorate stated: “The decision to open proceedings does not signify that the Authority has made a finding of infringement or prejudge in any way the outcome of the investigations; it only means that the Authority will proceed with an in-depth investigation.”
ESA carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of Widerøe in June 2014. A significant amount of data, including electronic data, was collected.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Marlene Lie Hakkebo
Acting Head of Communications
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 54
mob. (+32)(0)490 576 338