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Carpatair obtains irrevocable court ruling in case concerning state aid offered to Wizz Air

Carpatair has obtained an irrevocable court ruling that cancels the state aid offered by the ‘Traian Vuia’ International Airport Timisoara to Wizz Air Company. The ruling was made by the Pitesti Court of Appeals on November 14, 2012, a press communiqué informs.The Pitesti Court of Appeals decision confirms the previous ruling made by the Timis Court. The latter noted the illegal state aid character of the global discount measure for aircraft whose maximum takeoff weight (MTWO) surpasses 70 tons, a measure adopted by the ‘Traian Vuia’ International Airport Timisoara through the tariff list published on August 26, 2010. The Timis Court asked for the measure to be cancelled. On August 30, 2011, the Timis Court admitted the request filed by Carpatair, represented by Tuca Zbarcea & Associates, to cancel the state aid that the Timisoara Airport offered in the form of global discounts of up to 85 per cent of airport taxes. “The decisions obtained in this lawsuit, starting with the first favorable decision taken by the Timis Court, represent, through the arguments referring to the competence to solve the legal action and the manner of establishing the existence of state aid, a first in the practice of Romanian courts, an innovative juridical construct in the state aid domain,” Ioana Hrisafi, Tuca Zbarcea & Associates, the lawyer who represented Carpatair in court, pointed out.The ruling made by the Pitesti Court of Appeals is the first irrevocable ruling made in the series of lawsuits that Carpatair started against the Timisoara Airport in order to get it to cancel the state aid it offers in various forms.

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