Air traffic distribution: Italy proposes some changes with regard to the Milan airport system

On 1° October 2014 Italy adopted the Ministerial Decree No 395 (also called “Lupi Decree”), which modified the traffic distribution rules within the Milan airport system (i.e. Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Orio al Serio-Bergamo), failing to previously consult interested parties. As a consequence of this omission the European Commission, pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and the Council of 24 September 2008 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, adopted a negative decision.

Pursuant to Article 19(3) of Regulation No 1008/2008, on 23 April 2015 the Commission received notification from Italy of a draft Decree amending Decree No 15 of 3 March 2000 on the distribution of air traffic within the Milan airport system, which will abolish the Lupi Decree. The notified draft Decree, when adopted and entered into force, will modify the traffic distribution rules within the Milan airport system in the same way as the Lupi Decree did. Specifically it will remove any limitations at Linate airport on the number of daily return services to EU airports identified on the basis of passenger traffic volume. The limitations with respect to the use of narrow-body (single-aisle) aircraft and the operation of point-to-point scheduled connections at Linate airport will remain in place.

The Commission invites interested parties to submit their comments within 15 days from the publication of the communication on the Official Journal, occurred on 8 June 2016, to:

Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (Unit E4 internal market and airports)

European Commission

Office: DM24 05/84

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel