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Aircraft and transport. European Commission investigates alleged state aid to Sardinian airports

Brussels, Belgium - As of 2010, the airports of Alghero, Cagliari and Olbia have received advance payments of the compensation assigned to them, through loans granted by the financial branch of the Sardinian Region

"The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether an Italian scheme granting financial support to certain airport operators in Sardinia and the air carriers operating in these airports is in line with EU state aid rules. At this stage, the Commission has concerns that such public support may procure the beneficiaries an undue economic advantage that their competitors...

AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency - 1149172

AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency

Press releasePlanes. CJ EU: the unruly behaviour of an air passenger may constitute an "extraordinary circumstance"

Capable of exempting the carrier from its obligation to pay compensation for the cancellation or long delay of the flight

Nevertheless, the airline must, in respect of the reasonable measures that it must adopt in order to release itself from its obligation to pay compensation, ensure the re-routing of passengers as soon as possible, by means of other direct or indirect flights which may be operated by other carriers more