HPP assisted Finavia on a Competition and Consumer Authority’s investigation into certain services at regional airports

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) launched an investigation into suspected abuse of dominant market position by Finavia on the grounds of a complaint filed by Oy Lappeenranta International Airport Ltd. In connection with the investigation, the FCCA conducted inspections on the premises of Finavia Corporation and Airpro Ltd in Vantaa and Lappeenranta between 21 and 26 March 2012 and on 5 June 2012. Due to the complaint the FCCA investigated the suspected abuse of dominant market position by Finavia in ground handling services and certain passenger services at regional airports and in the lease of premises necessary for offering these services.

Finavia manages the airport network in Finland and controls 25 of the 27 Finnish airports. In addition, Finavia operates ground handling services business at the airports via its two subsidiaries, Airpro Ltd and RTG Ground Handling Ltd.

The FCCA’s inspections or other inquiries into the matter did not provide the FCCA with evidence of Finavia having committed an infringement of the competition rules by abusing dominant market position. The FCCA closed the case by a decision issued on 14 August 2013.

Finavia was advised by partner Jouni Alanen, attorney-at law, senior associate Maarika Joutsimo, attorney-at-law, and associate Kiti Karvinen.

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