Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The European Commission is launching a probe into whether marketing and rebate agreements with France's Nimes airport gave Ryanair "undue economic advantage." See Aoife White, Ryanair Agreements with France's Nimes Airport Probed by EU, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 25, 2012 (available here). Earlier this month authorities began investigating agreements between Ryanair and France's Carcassonne airport. This is the 18th EC probe into Ryanair's relationships with state-subsidized regional airports around Europe, suggesting the EC's planned revisions to its state aid guidlines for aviation are badly needed. See Alex Barker and Rose Jacobs, Brussels Opens its 18th Ryanair Probe, Financial Times, April 25, 2012 (available here).