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Internal Market: Norwegian ban on frequent flyer points in breach of EEA rules

4.7.2012

PR(12)39
The Norwegian regulation banning air carriers from offering frequent flyer points on domestic air routes is in breach of the EEA agreement. This is the preliminary view of the EFTA Surveillance Authority, delivered in a letter of formal notice to Norway today.


On 1 August 2007, Norway introduced a general ban on domestic frequent flyer points.
Such a general ban is, in the view of the Authority, in breach of the Directive on unfair commercial practices[1].

The Directive lists a limited number of unfair commercial practices where a general ban can be justified. As frequent flyer programs are not listed, a general ban is not allowed.

In any event, the Authority considers the Norwegian general ban an unjustified restriction of the fundamental freedoms within the EEA; the freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment of air carriers.

The letter of formal notice is the first step in an infringement procedure against an EFTA State. The Norwegian Government has two months to express its views on the content of the letter. After that, the EFTA Surveillance Authority may decide to deliver a reasoned opinion.

 

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Trygve Mellvang-Berg
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Directive 2005/29/EC




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