Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) said on July 23 that it found Sofia Airport was engaging in unfair competition by charging below-cost prices for servicing aircraft.
The regulator said that Sofia Airport dominated the market for aircraft services and was abusing that position by charging “unjustifiably low” prices.
“A review showed that since the beginning of 2011 and until now, the effective price offered by Sofia Airport to airlines does not cover costs in the long term, and there is a trend for continued decrease and overall reductions in the price,” the regulator said in a statement.
CPC said that Sofia Airport was sacrificing all profit and even lost money from aircraft servicing. That could lead to an unjustified increase in price and limitations on the quality of the service offered, the regulator said.
The regulator did not impose a fine, but gave Sofia Airport 45 days to answer the charges laid out against the company.