flag-carrier SAS has lodged a complaint with Swedish competition regulator
Konkurrensverket (KKV) over charging levels at Vasteras Airport near Stockholm,
saying it believes the airport operator is offering Irish budget carrier
Ryanair unreasonably low fees.
formally asked the airport operator to disclose its financial arrangements with
its airline customers in a letter dated 14 February. But SAS claims that the
airport has not responded to its request for openness on the issue.
a result of information in the media, SAS has reason to suspect that Vasteras
Airport is offering Ryanair extremely low fees,” says the carrier. “The level
of fees is so low that, if the information is correct, they do not cover the
cost of airport operations.
suspect that SAS, Skyways [its partner airline] and/or the taxpayers in the
Vasteras municipality are subsidising Ryanair’s operations in Vasteras. Our
only aim is to be able to compete on an equal basis.
has therefore decided to let the competition authority examine the matter.”
airport is approximately one hour’s travelling time outside the Swedish capital
and is one of two Stockholm airports used by Ryanair – the other being
Stockholm Skavsta, where the subject of fees has already been at the centre of
a row between Ryanair and Skavsta airport operator TBI.
Airport operator spokesman Mats Astrom says that the company is not prepared to
disclose its pricing arrangements with any third party, including SAS, and adds
that the operator “welcomes” the opportunity to defend itself against the