European Commission finds in Ryanair's favour in Bratislava case
The European Commission yesterday, January 27 found that Ryanair's agreement with Bratislava Airport in Slovakia did not constitute state aid. SkyEurope airline had originally brought a complaint to the commission claiming that Ryanair's agreement with the airport did not comply with the Market Economy Investor Principle. The Commissions findings effectively state that the deal brokered between Baratislava, a public airport and Ryanair were on a par with those which the airline could have negotiated with any private airport and thus complied with state aid rules.
This is the second state aid investigation concerning Ryanair which has found in the airline's favour including the Charleroi decision in December 2008. There are a further seven cases pending involving complaints levied at the carrier's commecial relationship with airports at Alghero, Frankfurt Hahn, Pau, Luebeck, Aarhus, Tampere and Berlin Schoenfeld. In light of yesterday's decision, Ryanair has called on the Commission to drop its investigations concerning these airports.