PR(09)38: No state aid involved in Avinor's new scheme on start up rebates
In a decision adopted today, the Authority has concluded that the incentive scheme for the establishment of new routes from Norwegian airports managed by the Norwegian airport operator Avinor does not constitute state aid. The Authority considers that Avinor is acting as a market economy investor by seeking to maximise its income and revenues.
Avinor may grant reductions to the take-off charges if the reduction will entail an increase in its income and a better use of the aircrafts and the capacity of airport facilities. A reduction on the level of charges will only be granted if certain conditions are fulfilled. Any air carrier may obtain reductions if it shows that the new route will be profitable in the long run and that it will be profitable for Avinor to provide an incentive in the form of a start-up rebate. Marketing assistance in connection with new routes can also be obtained under the notified scheme, where the aim is to increase the traffic volume, to provide for higher income for Avinor and to improve the services for passengers.
Avinor may also provide assistance to route development funds, provided that the same principles of profitability are complied with.
For further information, please contact:
Per Andreas Bjørgan,
Director Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 36
Maria J. Segura Catalán,
Deputy Director Competition and State Aid Directorate
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 53
Brussels, 6 May 2009