France grounds Ryanair airplane in dispute over support reimbursement
Ryanair planes on the tarmac in Stansted, U.Okay.
French authorities grounded a Ryanair airplane at Bordeaux airport in a dispute over cash they are saying the Irish airline owes.
The civil aviation authority mentioned on Friday the provider was obliged to pay again cash it acquired as support associated to its actions on the regional airport of Angouleme between 2008 and 2009.
The help was later deemed unlawful by the European Fee. The airplane, certain for London’s Stansted airport, was grounded on Thursday.
“It’s unlucky that the state needed to take such motion, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board,” the aviation authority mentioned.
The passengers finally took off 5 hours late on one other Ryanair plane. The authority didn’t specify the quantity owed by Ryanair, which didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
This has been a turbulent autumn for the airline. In October, the airline warned on full-year income within the wake of a surge within the oil value and disruption brought on by strikes. Whereas it has reached offers with a number of unions, it faces resistance from employees in quite a lot of nations.
The European Fee in October opened an investigation into whether or not Ryanair had benefited from unlawful state support at Germany’s Frankfurt-Hahn airport, and this week Italy’s antitrust company opened a probe in opposition to Ryanair’s new hand baggage insurance policies.