Ryanair plane seized by French authorities in cash row
A Ryanair plane has been seized by French authorities in a row over cash in the most recent downside for the airline.
The French civil aviation authority grounded the Boeing 737 on Thursday at Bordeaux airport, prior to it was once because of fly to Stansted with 149 passengers.
It stated the transfer was once “a last resort”.
The dispute was once led to by French subsidies paid to Ryanair for flights from Angoulême regional airport between 2008 and 2009, which the European Commission later deemed unlawful.
The French civil aviation authority didn’t say what quantity of money was once concerned, however regional airport officers stated the sum was once €525,000 (£457,000).
The authority stated the plane “will remain immobilised until the sum is paid”.
“It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board the immobilised plane,” the French civil aviation authority stated.
“Those passengers were able to eventually reach their destination later that evening on another Ryanair plane, but with a five-hour delay.”
It is the most recent in a chain of setbacks for Ryanair, which has lately confronted a chain of moves by pilots and cabin workforce throughout Europe.
But regardless of flight cancellations, Ryanair reported an 11% upward push in site visitors in October, because it carried 13.1 million passengers.
The stoppages contributed to a 7% fall in income to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to 30 September.