Anti-monopoly Office Fines Bratislava Airport for VIP Fees

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Bratislava Airport. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 12 (TASR) – Slovakia’s Anti-monopoly Office (PMU) has fined M.R. Stefanik Airport – Bratislava Airport (BTS) €127,000 for misusing its dominant position on the market, more specifically for introducing fees in July 2016 for every passenger for the use of special VIP services at the General Aviation Terminal, regardless of whether they used the services or not, PMU spokesperson Adriana Olsavska announced on Monday.

“The anti-competitive practice had to do with how the fee for above-standard services was set – it wasn’t linked to the actual use of the services by passengers, but it was instead connected to merely entering the General Aviation Terminal, while entrance into the terminal had already been subject to another fee. This resulted in above-standard VIP services being paid for also by customers who weren’t interested in these services and didn’t use them,” said Olsavska.

The proceedings were concluded on August 31, 2017, with the airport subsequently asking PMU for a reconciliatory settlement. PMU eventually agreed on settling the issue and reduced the fine by 30 percent to the final €127,000.