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State Aid: ESA approves extension of charter fund in Norway




The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA)
gives Norway the go-ahead for a three-year extension of a charter fund scheme increasing tourism in Northern Norway.

Northern-NorwayThe charter fund is aimed at increasing the use of airports in the three northern regions of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in the low season, and stimulating tourism and economic development in the region. The fund covers part of the costs of flying charter flights to Northern Norway if there are not enough passengers for the tour operators to break even. This reduces the economic risk involved in operating these air charters.

The scheme was approved in the summer of 2013 for three years. However, operations only started in the autumn of 2014, and in 2015 ESA therefore approved an extension until the end of October 2017. Before granting a full three-year extension, ESA required Norway to produce an evaluation report detailing the development of tourism and the prevention of depopulation in Northern Norway during the operation of the scheme.

“The evaluation report indicates that the scheme effectively spurs increased economic activity in the area, and so far the scheme has been a success. Therefore, ESA has approved another extension, until the 31 December 2020,” says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman.

For further information, please see today's decision  or contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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