European Commission orders Gdynia airport to return state aid
February 12, 2014
The European Commission ordered the Gdynia-Kosakowo airport in northern Poland to return EUR 21.8 million aid it received from Gdynia and Kosakowo municipalities, the commission said in a statement.
The aid gave Gdynia airport to transform what has been a military facility to a civil one an unfair competitive advantage over nearby Gdansk airport which airport is currently running at only 60% capacity , the commission said on Tuesday.
Gdynia mayor Wojciech Szczurek said he does not agree with the European Commission decision that state aid given to a local airport broke EU competition law. He added that giving back the funds could bankrupt the airport’s company.