Ryanair pays up after plane seized
Ryanair has paid €525,000 in subsidies back to French authorities to end a tarmac standoff that forced 149 passengers to disembark a plane impounded on Thursday. Ryanair made no public comment on the seizure. The French civil aviation authority said it had seized the plane at Bordeaux-Merignac airport as a “last resort” after repeatedly trying to get Ryanair to pay back regional funds given to the airline in 2008/09. The European Commission later ruled those funds illegal, saying they gave Ryanair an unfair economic advantage. Aviation authority spokesman Eric Heraud said the airline had paid back the funds and the plane would be released.