Dear flights decree, EU asks Italy for “more information”. Mimit: “Principles respected”

EU Commission spokesman: “Sustainable competition with free price fixing is usually the best guarantee”. Ministry: “Normal interlocution. Ryanair CEO statements are surprising”

L’The EU asks Italy for more information on the decree passed by the government regarding expensive flights. “The services of the EU Commission have contacted the Italian authorities and are waiting to receive more detailed information on the precise content of the measure in question”, says a spokesman for the EU Commission when asked by the EU Commission on the measures contained in the Asset Decree to deal with the high price of flights. “The EU Commission supports measures aimed at promoting connectivity at affordable prices, in line with the rules of the EU internal market”, he continues.

“Sustainable competition with free price fixing is usually the best guarantee of affordable prices in the EU’s highly successful and liberalized air transport market. Only in specific cases does the EU – ad e.g. routes not adequately served by market operators, such as from/to remote regions – allows public service obligations with price regulation to ensure both territorial connectivity and accessibility, supported by public funds”.


“The fact that the European Commission is asking, on the basis of what was reported by a Commission spokesman, for information on the measures adopted against the dear it is completely physiological and falls within the normal technical dialogue between the offices. Moreover, the EU note discusses principles that are fully respected by the measures that are being launched to protect users on the basis of the findings made by the supervisory authorities who operate to guarantee citizens’ rights and market efficiency “, sources report of the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy.

The declarations of Ryanair’s CEO are surprising about the non-existence of profiling mechanisms. Ample evidence is available on the use of profiling in the sale of airline tickets reported by prestigious international journals and America, and therefore ‘not the Soviet State’, has been investigating the phenomenon for many years – the same sources report – We remain available for a serene and constructive dialogue to achieve balanced solutions for passengers and companies, while always keeping the rights of users at the center of our action, especially those of all areas less subject to competition because they cannot be reached with other forms of transport”.

The free market has “little or nothing” to do with this affair” of expensive flights” while “the speculation caused by the lack of competition and the failure to contrast the distorting behavior of the normal supply-demand dynamics seems to have a lot to do with it”, the sources of the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy still report.

Last December, they underline, “an investigation was in fact launched by the Competition and Market Authority which involved flights to Catania and Palermo close to the Christmas holidays, operated among other things by Ryanair. The Competition Guarantor in the The opening act of the investigation indicated how the increase, in some cases of 700% in the prices of air tickets to Catania and Palermo, may be the result of collusive behavior between air carriers, facilitated by the use of price algorithms For its part, ENAC then observed that on the occasion of the derailment of the freight train near the Firenze Castello station or the flooding in Emilia-Romagna, and therefore following catastrophic events that led to a surge in the demand for air transport caused by the suppression of the railway connections and the unusability of some sections of the motorway, an excessive increase in the prices of air tickets has been achieved which, with reference to specific domestic routes, have even reached 1,000 euros each”.

All examples, Mimit sources point out, “which demonstrate how the free market has little or nothing to do with this affair, while speculation caused by lack of competition and the failure to contrast behavior that distorts the normal supply-demand dynamics seems to have a lot to do with it”.