Ryanair sued by Air France-KLM over ‘illegal subsidies’ worth over 600 million euros

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, are set to be on the receiving end of a complaint made by Air France to the European Commission for receiving hundreds of millions of euros in illegal subsidies according to an article published in the French newspaper Le Figaro.

According to Air France, Ryanair received 660 million euros in 2008 in the form of reduced landing fees and airport taxes.

“This is in direct violation of European rules,” said Air France-KLM, which added: “In practice Ryanair is flying with the money of European taxpayers.”

Air-France KLM said it had filed a lawsuit with the European Commission in November, arguing that Ryanair would have lost €829 million last year without the aid.

The row comes with the European Commission already investigating claims that Ryanair received illegal state aid in connection with the use of seven airports in Europe.

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2 thoughts on “Ryanair sued by Air France-KLM over ‘illegal subsidies’ worth over 600 million euros

  1. At last! Finally somebody stands up and takes notice!

    It is not as much the concept of low fare airlines that annoys me, more their clown of a managing director, an absolute idiot of an Irishman, and the fact that he permits his employees to be rude, impolite, uneducated and the fact that he treats his pilots with contempt and creates an operative environment that is pushed to the limit, creating the seed of an accident just waiting for a place to happen.

    There isn’t many in this neck of the wood that disagrees with Air France KLM in what they claim. Any reasonably sane person will agree.

    Ryanair and their managing director is a disgrace to to Ireland and an insult to aviation as a whole.

    Harald Olsen
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  2. What compensations do people claim for when they have paid just a few quids for their tickets?? Stop being hypocriticals; go and book your flights with British Airways next time and then you could retrieve compensations, extra bagagge, refreshment and a sandwich!! Ryanair is to move from point A to point B, nothing else! Thanks to Ryanair’s bargains many poor and young people can afford backpacking over europe for too little, so stop blaming posh idiots and if you would expect anything else simply DO NOT TRAVEL with ryanair!!

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