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IP/07/365

Brussels, 21 March 2007

Commission authorises aid to passengers on domestic routes in French Guiana

The European Commission today decided to authorise a social State aid scheme to benefit residents of French Guiana. This measure will offset the permanent disadvantage endured by the inhabitants of this outermost region, who face much more severe transport difficulties than the inhabitants of mainland France, considering the major shortage of transport infrastructure on Guianese territory.

The aid scheme approved today will potentially benefit all the residents of French Guiana, who will see their air fares cut by €106-239 depending on the route. At present the measure concerns the Cayenne–Maripasoula, Cayenne–Saül and Cayenne–Grand-Santi air routes and the route connecting Grand-Santi and Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni.

In accordance with established practice, the Commission considers the aid to be compatible with the common market because it benefits individual consumers, is of a social character and is granted indiscriminately, irrespective of which airline operates these routes.

The decision will shortly be available on the Commission's website:

http://ec.europa.eu/community_law/eulaw/index_en.htm#aides


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