'State Aid and COVID-19: With a Particular Focus on the Air Transport Sector'

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has devastating effects on national economies and on various business sectors. To prevent even harder consequences, Member States have adopted various support packages in order to support the hardest-hit businesses, including air carriers and airports. In order to support Member States’ initiatives, the European Commission has adopted temporary applicable State aid rules deemed more appropriate to these extraordinary circumstances. Without surprise, the rather fast authorization of a number of State aid support schemes has opened the door to litigation, giving the EU courts the occasion to rule on a number of matters. Given the importance of air carriers for both Member States’ economies and connectivity, the current paper focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on air carriers and on the recent State aid developments in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461 - 478
JournalEuropean State Aid Law Quartely
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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