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Document 62019TN0866

Case T-866/19: Action brought on 19 December 2019 – Ryanair and Laudamotion v Commission

OJ C 68, 2.3.2020, p. 45–46 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

2.3.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 68/45


Action brought on 19 December 2019 – Ryanair and Laudamotion v Commission

(Case T-866/19)

(2020/C 68/54)

Language of the case: English

Parties

Applicants: Ryanair DAC (Swords, Ireland), Laudamotion GmbH (Schwechat, Austria) (represented by: E. Vahida and I. Metaxas-Maranghidis, lawyers)

Defendant: European Commission

Form of order sought

The applicants claim that the Court should:

annul the Decision; and

order the Commission to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

In their application, the applicants request the Court to annul Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1585 (1).

In support of the action, the applicants rely on six pleas in law.

First plea in law, alleging that Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/1585 violates the obligation to state reasons and the principle of free provision of services because the Commission has not reviewed the existence of an overriding general interest purpose that would justify the restriction of the principle of free provision of services introduced by the traffic distribution rules for Schiphol and Lelystad airports.

Second plea in law, in a subsidiary manner alleging that Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/1585 violates the principle of free provision of services and Article 19(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2) because the saturation of Schiphol airport and the superior benefit of transfer flights that the traffic distribution rules aim to enhance are not established.

Third plea in law, alleging that Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/1585 violates the principle of free provision of services and Article 19(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 because of discrimination introduced by the traffic distribution rules in the absence of objective justifications.

Fourth plea in law, alleging that Commission implementing decision (EU) 2019/1585 violates the principle of free provision of services and Article 19(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 because of the lack of proportionality of the traffic distribution rules and the Commission’s failure to review the availability of less onerous means.

Fifth plea in law, alleging a breach of Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 (3) because the Commission failed to review the compliance with the procedure for the designation of Lelystad airport as a coordinated airport and because of the establishment of a link between slots and destinations and contradiction with the general principles governing Regulation (EEC) No 95/93.

Sixth plea in law, alleging a breach of Article 19(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 because the Commission did not review the satisfaction of the condition that the airports offer necessary services to air carriers and do not unduly prejudice their commercial opportunities.


(1)  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1585 of 24 September 2019 on the establishment of traffic distribution rules pursuant to Article 19 of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council for the airports Amsterdam Schiphol and Amsterdam Lelystad (OJ 2019 L 246, p. 24).

(2)  Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 September 2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community (OJ 2008, L 293, p. 3).

(3)  Council Regulation (EEC) No 95/93 of 18 January 1993 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports (OJ 1993 L 14, p. 1).


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