Ryanair jet seized in France over 'unpaid debt'

10 November, 2018, 04:56 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Ryanair has a plane SEIZED by French authorities to force the airline to repay illegal public aid

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.

"It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers onboard the immobilised plane", the French civil aviation authority said.

The EU Commission in 2014 ruled that subsidies Ryanair received from a regional authority a decade ago had to be repaid, but the airline had not complied despite repeated warnings, it said.

Ryanair was ordered to repay all the money, which the commission said gave the airline an unfair advantage.

The French civil aviation authority seized the aircraft on Thursday at Bordeaux airport ahead of its planned flight to London Stansted, the latest episode in a string of troubles for the low-priced Irish carrier.

French aviation authorities have seized a Ryanair plane bound for London, stranding almost 150 passengers.

It was "regrettable" that the passengers on board the plane had to wait five hours before being able to take off from the Bordeaux-Merignac airport in another Ryanair aircraft, the civil aviation body added.

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Its crew of 137 had been evacuated, rescue leader Ben Vikoeren at the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway said. Officials said the KNM Helge Ingstad could sink after the collision in Sture, north of Bergen, Norway's second largest city.

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.

'Just because we manage a little airport in Charente it doesn't mean we are not going to defend ourselves'.

In reality, Ryanair's plane was seized because of overdue bills.

Despite these problem the airline saw a 11 per cent rise in traffic in October with 13.1 million passengers flying across Europe.

The stoppages contributed to a 7% fall in profits to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to 30 September.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Ryanair for comment.

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