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EU: several carriers targeted by State aid

Ryanair is also among the companies

According to external sources, several carriers operating in two Catalonian airports, including Ryanair, would have ended up in the EU's sights. The European Commission intends to check whether they have received State aid with regard to the incentives granted by the Spanish authorities. Also in 2013, the EC would have launched an investigation into the marketing systems offered to the air companies operating in the airports of Girona-Costa Brava and Reus, about 120 kilometers from Barcelona. The Spanish public authorities would later offer further lines to the airlines, which are included in the ongoing investigation. "Through these new marketing arrangements, as well as through the other agreements already investigated, Ryanair and other carriers would have received payments in the form of 'marketing incentives' from 2004", the Commission would have said. These conditions would offer the carriers and airports concerned an undue advantage over the competition which could in fact be incompatible with the internal market.

Therefore, the reflection on the difficult condition of Italian air transport, devoured by the competition of low-cost foreign airlines occupying most of the slots at national airports, is therefore spontaneous. A context indicated by some as one of the causes of the reeling of Alitalia  and other local carriers such as Air Italy, now in liquidation. Ryanair has started the recruitment of Air Italy pilots: the cognitive meeting for recruitment is scheduled for next February 24 in a hotel in Milan-Malpensa.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency