The European Commission yesterday cleared Ryanair's arrangements at Charleroi Airport (Belgium), Hahn Airport (Germany), Alghero Airport (Italy) and Västerås Airport (Sweden) of any state aid. The European Commission's investigations covered the deals between Ryanair and these airports as far back as the late 1990s, with the investigation into Ryanair's arrangements at Charleroi Airport representing the first state aid investigation of any low-cost airline's operations. In the course of these investigations, Oxera has prepared several reports that have been submitted to the European Commission, which demonstrate that, based on sound economic and financial analysis, Ryanair's arrangements at these airports are in line with state aid rules.
The Oxera Economics Council, a group dedicated to stretching the boundaries of economic thinking, has today announced the appointment of two new members. Amelia Fletcher is Professor of Competition Policy at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy and is a Non-Executive Director at the Financial Conduct Authority. Volker Nocke is Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim, holding the Chair in Microeconomics since September 2009.