‘Plane seized by France’ now added to Ryanair troubles
PARIS: Storms, strikes, computer failures – you can now add “your plane has been seized by the government” to the list of things that can delay your flight.
In France, 149 passengers were preparing to take off for London late on Thursday when French authorities ordered their Ryanair Boeing 737 impounded.
The passengers had gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around, passenger Boris Hejblum said.
No Ryanair staff members were available, and the only communication from them was two text messages saying simply that the depar
ture was delayed, and a 5 (RM24) voucher for food – “less than what a sandwich costs at the airport cafe,” the 30-year-old Frenchman said.
“I found it strange that the police were the only ones giving us information,” he said.
The passengers were put on another flight that finally brought them to London’s Stansted airport – five hours late.
The jet, meanwhile, was released on Friday after Ryanair paid a bill of
The scene unfolded at the Bordeaux-Merignac airport in western France, where authorities say the airline was ordered to pay back funds that the European Union had declared to be illegal subsidies.