Groundhandling Services at EU Airports (Regulation)

The Commission wishes to to enhance the efficiency and overall quality of groundhandling services at EU airports. To this end, the market to groundhandling services is to be further opened up, in particular at large airports where at least one additional supplier is to be admitted.


The rule that in future a least three rather than two groundhandling service suppliers will be allowed to operate at large airports boosts competition and thus leads to lower prices and an improved service quality. The possibility for airlines to choose from between two or three service suppliers in all parts of the airport prevents suppliers in individual parts of the airport from acquiring a monopoly position. However, the transition from the legal form of a Directive to a Regulation is inappropriate and therefore unlawful.