Commission approves public support for Vaasa regional airport in Finland

13.1.2010   (Europa)

The European Commission decided today not to raise any objections to Finland’s
plan to support infrastructure investments in Vaasa regional airport. The total
amount of public financing will amount up to three million euros.

Ostrobothnia region and surrounding  territories currently lack specialised facilities for air cargo handling, which puts companies
there at a disadvantage.
Public support to investments in air cargo infrastructure in Vaasa will improve
the region’s transport links by making more intensive and efficient use of the
existing airport.

The Commission concluded that the public financing of infrastructure investments
at Vaasa airport is compatible with European Union legislation as it does not
prejudice the common interest and the criteria set out in the applicable Community
framework 1  are complied with.

The Commission’s decision is in line with the 2007 Action Plan for airport capacity
2 , which emphasises the importance of regional airports to the development of
an integrated European air transport network.


1.   Community guidelines on financing of airports and start-up aid to airlines
departing from regional airports

(OJ C312 of 9.12.2005, p.1)

2.   For more information, visit  


Multimap showing location of   Vaasa



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