Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Bound Ryanair Plane Full Of Passengers Seized By French Authorities

Bound Ryanair Plane Full Of Passengers Seized By French Authorities

"Those passengers were able to eventually reach their destination later that evening on another Ryanair plane, but with a five-hour delay".

"By this action, the government reaffirms its intention to guarantee the conditions of fair competition between airlines and between airports", it said.

Ryanair owed €525,000 to the department that it had received in aid when the company operated an Angoulême-London route.

The European Comission later ruled the deal had been illegal and ordered Ryanair to pay back the cash.

An appeal against the judgement was rejected by the tribunal administratif in the summer.

French aviation agency spokesman Eric Heraud said regional authorities who originally gave the subsidies to the carrier had been trying since 2014 to recover the money.

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French airport official Didier Villat told Sud Ouest newspaper: "To my knowledge it's the first time a Ryanair plane has been seized in this way".

A bailiff seized a Ryanair aeroplane at Bordeaux airport, as part of a legal dispute between the airline and the conseil départemental of the Charente.

The move on the plane, a Boeing 737, on Thursday at Bordeaux's Merignac airport in southwestern France came after Ryanair failed to respond to a final warning delivered in May, prompting the order to seize the aircraft, DGAC told AFP.

In October, EU anti-trust authorities opened an investigation into whether Ryanair benefited from measures at a German airport that give the Irish low-priced carrier an unfair leg-up over competitors.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Ryanair, which has recently faced a series of strikes by pilots and cabin crew across Europe.

The stoppages contributed to a 7% fall in profits to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to 30 September. A row over French subsidies Ryanair was paid for flights from Angouleme airport in the Charente region between 2008 and 2009 was blamed for the Boeing 737's seizure.

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