Public financing of new infrastructure measures to upgrade Germany’s Leipzig/Halle airport are currently under scrutiny by the European Commission. The funding involves loans and capital injections totalling €255m to cover the costs of the project, including creation of de-icing areas, the construction of taxiways and bridges, noise abatement measures, the construction of a new aviation terminal, extension of runways, security buildings and checkpoints. Germany takes the view that the proposed measures do not amount to state aid since the costs of infrastructure on this scale would never be met by a private investor. However, at the centre of this investigation is not only the question of aid to the airport itself but also whether the funding of the project may provide an unfair advantage to DHL Express, which has its European hub at this airport. The Commission initial view is that while public funding may be required it is doubtful whether 100 per cent financing is proportionate and justified.