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Practices of Airport Operators and Groundhandling:

A Fresh Appraisal under Article 102 TFEU

Matthias Nordmann, Caglagül Koz

DOI https://doi.org/10.21552/core/2022/1/6

Keywords: abuse of dominance, groundhandling, airport operators

Case law demonstrates that the need for competition law decreased over the years, as the Groundhandling Directive became more settled in the EU market. This is especially true for certain areas that are addressed in the Groundhandling Directive in a very detailed manner or related case law, such as the type of the fee that the airport operator can ask from the ground­handling service providers or the potential exemptions for the airport operators to limit access to the market. However, this does not mean that there is no need for competition law oversight at all. In fact, competition law – forming the basis of the Groundhandling Directive - looks after competition in the market even beyond the requirements of the Groundhandling Directive. This means that there will be always need for competition law.
Keywords: abuse of dominance, groundhandling, airport operators

Dr Matthias Nordmann, LLM is a competition law partner and Caglagül Koz, LLM is an associate with Dentons. For correspondence: <mailto:matthias.nordmann@dentons.com> and <mailto:caglaguel.koz@dentons.com>.


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