State aid: Commission closes investigation into public support for Air Nostrum’s fleet renewal in Spain

Daily News 17 / 11 / 2020

Economy - published on 18 November 2020

Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The European Commission has closed its in-depth investigation into Spanish public support to regional airline Air Nostrum for the renewal of its fleet. In October
, the Commission opened a formal investigation to assess whether €9 million of public support by the Spanish region of Valencia to Air Nostrum for the renewal of its fleet was in line with
EU State aid rules. The Commission had doubts that the aid to Air Nostrum fell within the State aid rules for environmental protection of the 2014
General Block Exemption Regulation
(“GBER”), as argued by Spain, and that it complied with the
Guidelines on State aid for environmental protection and energy
. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Air Nostrum decided to revise its investment plans and renounced the aid for its fleet renewal.
None of the aid has been paid out. Spain accepted the renunciation and repealed the aid measure. As a result, the Commission’s investigation has become without object and the Commission therefore
closed its investigation. More information will be available on the Commission’s competition website, in the
public case register under
the case number SA.50707 once confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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