‘Plane seized by France’ now added to Ryanair trou­bles

The Star Malaysia - - World -

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

525,000 (RM2.5mil).

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.

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