Brussels, 28th November 2007
The Commission's investigation relates to two different contracts. The first one concerns the conditions for using the airport infrastructure at the airport of Pau. The second contract, concluded with Ryanair's subsidiary Airport Marketing Services, covers the conditions for providing marketing services to CCIPB in order to promote the air route in question.
On the basis of the evidence submitted in the notification, the two contracts appear to effectively function as one agreement and the financing by CCIPB may constitute start-up aid for the low-cost airline. Furthermore, the information available to the Commission does not allow it to conclude that such financing is in line with Community rules on start-up aids as concerns in particular the aid intensity and duration, the long term viability of the subsidized route(s), or the eligibility of expenditures.
The opening of a formal investigation is a procedural step that does not prejudge the conclusion of the Commission.