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Consultation on review of the Community guidelines on financing of airports
and start-up aid to airlines departing from regional airports

Policy field

Competition: State aid

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from public authorities (Member States, Regions, Cities and Municipalities) financing airports, airlines and providing start-up aid for the development of new routes and the aviation industry (in particular airport operators, airlines, ground handling companies).

Period of consultation

From 07.04.2011 to 07.06.2011

Objective of the consultation

In 2005, the Commission adopted the Community guidelines on financing of airports and start-up aid to airlines departing from regional airports in order to lay down rules for the approval of public financing of airports and airlines under EU State aid law.

The 2005 Aviation Guidelines were preceded by Guidelines on the application of Articles 92 and 93 of the EC Treaty and Article 61 of the EEA Agreement to State aids in the aviation sector . These Guidelines were adopted by the Commission in 1994 in the context of the liberalisation of the market for air transport services in order to provide for level playing field for air carriers.

The purpose of the present consultation was, thus, to invite Member States, other institutions and stakeholders to provide feedback on the application of the 1994 and 2005 Aviation Guidelines as well as any comments and proposals regarding the public financing of airports and airlines.

This public consultation is now closed.

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Questionnaire bg cs da de el en es et fi fr hu it lt lv mt nl pl pt ro sk sl sv (RTF format)

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Contact details

Responsible services:
Directorate-General for Competition – Unit F.2
Please always indicate the reference number of the document in your correspondence: "HT-2635 Revision of Aviation Guidelines".

E-mail address:
Reference: HT-2635 Revision of Aviation Guidelines

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
"Consultation on HT-2635 Revision of Aviation Guidelines"
State aid Registry
1049 Brussels
Fax (32-2) 296 12 42

Replies to the consultation

Public authorities
  • Assembly of European Regions en
  • Austria de
  • Bulgaria bg
  • Canary Islands (Spain) es
  • Catalonia (Spain) es
  • Communauté de travail des Pyrénées (France) fr
  • Comunitat Valenciana (Spain) es
  • Cyprus el
  • Czech Republic cs
  • Finland en
  • Flanders (Belgium) nl
  • France fr
  • Germany de
  • Hansestadt Lübeck (Germany) de
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise (UK) en
  • Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (UK) en
  • Hungary hu
  • Ireland en
  • Italy it
  • Latvia lv
  • Lithuania lt
  • Madeira (Portugal) pt
  • Malta en
  • Netherlands nl
  • Norway en
  • Poland pl
  • Portugal pt
  • Romania ro
  • Scotland (UK) en
  • Slovak Republic sk
  • Spain en
  • Sweden sv
  • United Kingdom en
  • Western Development Commission (Ireland) en
Registered organisations
  • Bundesarbeitskammer Austria de
  • European Low Fares Airline Association en
  • European Regional Aeordromes Community en annex de
  • European Travel Agents' and Tour Operators' Association en
  • European Travel Retail Council en
  • Fédération Nationale de l'Aviation Marchande fr
  • International Air Transport Association en
  • JLS Consulting en
  • Deutsche Lufthansa de
  • Thomas Cook Group en
  • Transport and Environment en annex en
  • Union des Aéroports Français fr
Non-registered organisations
  • Aer Lingus en
  • Aerodrom Ljubljana en
  • Aéroport d'Ajaccio fr
  • Aéroport de Biarritz fr
  • Aéroport de Bordeaux Mérignac fr annex fr
  • Aéroport de Nîmes-Garons fr
  • Aeroporti di Puglia en
  • Aéroport International de Limoges fr
  • Aéroport International Tours Val de Loire fr annex fr
  • Aéroport La Rochelle fr
  • Aéroports de la Côte d'Azur fr
  • Aéroports de Lyon fr
  • Aéroport Sud de France Carcassonne fr
  • Aéroport Sud de France Perpignan-Rivesaltes fr
  • Aéroport Toulouse-Blagnac fr
  • Aeroportul Oradea ro
  • Air France fr
  • Airports Council International Europe en
  • Alitalia en
  • Arab Air Carriers Organisation en
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Verkehrsflughafen (Germany) de
  • Association of European Airlines en
  • Association of Neighbours Airport Eelde en annex a nl - annex b nl - annex c nl - annex d nl
  • Associazione Italiana Gestori Aeroporti it
  • The Brussels Airport Company en
  • DLA Piper de
  • Dublin Airport Authority en
  • Emirates Airlines en
  • European Regional Airlines Association en
  • Finnair en
  • Glasgow Airport en
  • Highlands & Islands Airports en
  • LOT Polish Airlines en
  • Manchester Airports Group en
  • Munich Airport de
  • Orrick Hölters Elsing de
  • Pavia e Ansaldo en
  • Ryanair en
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines System en
  • Syndicat mixte de l'Aéroport de Clermont-Ferrand/Auvergne fr
Research institutions
  • Universität Köln de
Individual citizens
  • Nadine Debremaeker (Belgium) fr
  • Charles Vlek (Netherlands) en
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