EU Competition Briefing - The EU Air Transport Sector in Dire Straits

March 2010

The economic crisis has had a serious impact on the EU’s air transport sector. By the end of 2008, the consequences of the crisis for the sector slowly became clear: a strong decrease of freight and passenger transport demand and lower airline profits. The figures for 2009 look equally bleak.This briefing explores whether subsidies are the answer and what are the conditions for receiving them.