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EU Regulation and Competition Law in the Transport Sector, 2nd Edition edited by Ortiz Blanco, Luis; Van Houtte, Ben (23rd February 2017)

Part VI Transport Infrastructures, 19 Airports (II): Competition

Eliška Mamdaniová, Daniel Mes, Luis Ortiz Blanco, Jokin Beltrán de Lubiano

From: EU Regulation and Competition Law in the Transport Sector (2nd Edition)

Edited By: Luis Ortiz Blanco, Ben Van Houtte

From: Oxford Competition Law (http://oxcat.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2019

Subject(s):
Joint ventures — European Union — Airline alliances and mergers — Airport infrastructure — Passenger transport

Airports are essential for the provision of air transport services. They provide necessary infrastructure for aircraft take-off and landing, including all related services while the aircraft is on the ground and the processing of passengers and freight. As airport operators provide services on a market, that is to say, carry out an economic activity, they are considered as undertakings for the purposes of competition law. This chapter discusses the definition of relevant markets in the context of airports, and provides an overview of the decision practice in connection with restrictive agreements and abuses of dominant position at airports—addressing in particular airport charges and ground handing issues, as well as merger operations. The chapter continues by elaborating on the application of State aid discipline to airports.

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