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Complaint of WOW Air ehf. (airline) regarding allocation of slots at Keflavik Airport.

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  • Case number: 25/2013
  • Date: 11/11/2013
  • Company:
    • WOW air ehf.
    • Isavia ohf.
  • Sectors:
    • Transport and travel affairs
  • Policy Area:
    • Restrictions by public authorities
  • Summary

    The Icelandic Competition Authority (ICA) has instructed Isavia, who operates Keflavik Airport, to ensure that a new competitor (WOW Air) in the market for operations of passenger flights to and from the airport has access to vital airport slot times to be able to compete in that market. The current arrangement has resulted in the incumbent competitor, Icelandair, controlling the most sought after slots at the airport. This also applies to the allocation of new slots that have become available due to changes being made to the airport building. The current system has therefore limited the ability of other competitors to compete with Icelandair and hence harmed competition in an important market, which is the transport of passengers to and from Iceland.