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European Commission requests Hungary ensure fair access for ground handling at Budapest airport

The European Commission asked Hungary to ensure fair access for providers of ground handling at Budapest's Ferihegy Airport.

The Commission said it believes Hungary is failing to fulfill its obligations under a directive stipulating any service provider should be able to compete to provide ground handling services, including baggage handling, catering services, fuel and oil handling, and passenger transport.

Hungary failed to organize the appropriate selection procedures after the decision to limit the number of providers at Ferihegy Airport, infringed the rules relating to the issue and withdrawal of the approvals that the providers must hold, and unduly and unfairly restricted market access at the airport, the Commission said.

The request takes the form of a reasoned opinion under EU infringement procedures, giving Hungary two months to comply, after which time the case may be referred to the EU's Court of Justice. (MTI – Econews)