Ryanair pays ¤525,000 to get im­pounded air­craft back

The Irish Times - - Business News -

Ryanair has paid ¤525,000 in sub­si­dies to French au­thor­i­ties to end a tar­mac stand­off that forced 149 pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark from an im­pounded plane.

The French civil avi­a­tion au­thor­ity said it had seized the plane at Bordeaux-Merignac air­port as a “last re­sort” af­ter France re­peat­edly tried to get Ryanair to pay back re­gional funds to the air­line.

In July 2014, the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion or­dered Ryanair to re­pay ¤868,000 in state aid to An­geloume Air­port in France. The air­line sub­se­quently vowed to ap­peal that and sev­eral other sim­i­lar rul­ings made at the same time.

The Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion said the funds gave Ryanair an un­fair eco­nomic ad­van­tage. The avi­a­tion au­thor­ity called it “re­gret­table that the state was forced” to evac­u­ate the plane on Thurs­day.

It said the pas­sen­gers were put on an­other Ryanair flight five hours later. Ryanair did not pub­licly com­ment on the seizure. Avi­a­tion au­thor­ity spokesman Eric Her­aud said the air­line had paid back the funds and the air­craft would be re­leased.

This has been a tur­bu­lent au­tumn for the air­line. In Oc­to­ber, the air­line warned on prof­its af­ter a surge in oil prices and strikes. – AP

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