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Government creates legal basis for subsidising flights

The government has endorsed changes to the aviation act that create a legal basis for the state to subsidise crucial air links with the country following the collapse of flag carrier Adria Airways, if this proves necessary.

 The government adopted a draft amendment to the text of the Aviation Act

The government adopted a draft amendment to the text of the Aviation Act | Author RobMelnychuk-GettyImages/GulliverFilm&Foto

In line with the proposed changes, the state could subsidise flight connections with Ljubljana if other airlines did not set up commercial flights. The changes had been drawn up by the Infrastructure Ministry as Adria was heading for receivership.

Subsidies would be possible for connections that are of vital importance for the country in terms of economic and social development. State intervention in such cases is also allowed under the EU legislation.

If no air carrier with a licence of an EU member state offered connections that are important for Slovenia for economic reasons, the Infrastructure would be able to launch a procedure to set up an "obligatory public service".

The necessary funds would be provided by the government. The ministry could not provide an estimation of potential costs of this service yet.

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