The European Union General Court has dismissed an appeal brought by Lufthansa (LH, Frankfurt Int'l) against a 2014 decision permitting state aid to Frankfurt Hahn and clearing the airport's contracts with Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l).

The Court said that Lufthansa did not have the title to bring the action before the court and as such, it did not look into the merit of the appeal.

The original decision established that while certain funds transferred to Hahn airport by the regional authorities and Fraport until 2008, exceeding EUR49 million euros (USD55.4 million), constituted unnotified state aid, they were compliant with the common market principles.

Lufthansa argued in its appeal that the support granted to Hahn and to Ryanair at the airport adversely impacted its position at Frankfurt Int'l.