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Competition Policy

State aid – Prolongation of transitional period provided for in the 2014 Aviation Guidelines concerning regional airports

Policy field

Competition: State aid


Target group

This consultation will be open to the general public. Member States, airports, airlines and related associations are in particular welcome to contribute.


Period of consultation

From 05.05.2023 to 05.06.2023


Objective of the consultation

The Commission is publishing for consultation the draft communication extending the transitional period provided for in the 2014 Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines (“the 2014 Aviation Guidelines”) concerning regional airports

The 2014 Aviation Guidelines include a transition period (expiring in April 2024), during which operating aid to airports with less than 3 million passengers a year can be allowed (as it can be declared compatible with the single market).

In view of the additional time needed to start recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission is proposing a 3-year prolongation of this transition period, without making any other changes to the rules. These changes are translated into the text of the draft communication, which is subject to the present public consultation.

The Commission regularly reviews State aid rules and adapts them to the internal market's dynamics. The Commission published a ‘call for evidence’ on the prolongation of operating aid to regional airports on the Better Regulation Portal and received 26 contributions for the period from 23 June 2022 to 21 July 2022.


How to submit your contribution

We welcome contributions from the general public and in particular from the above mentioned target group.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of an organisation, please click here to submit your contribution.
  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on this webpage. Submissions that are clearly marked "confidential" will be treated as such and not published. In that case please also provide a non-confidential version of your reply. It is important to read the privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

When providing us with the documents requested above, please ensure that redactions made by you properly cover all confidential information and cannot be reversed.

Please note that we cannot guarantee to take account of replies received after the deadline.
We would appreciate receiving documents in an electronic format.


View the consultation document


Background documents



Contact details

Responsible service:

Directorate-General for Competition, Unit F2
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: Ref.: HT.5500

e-mail: COMP-AVIATION-EVALUATIONatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (COMP-AVIATION-EVALUATION[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Ref.: HT 5500
State aid registry
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel



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