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Ryanair facing £6million fine for labour law violation

ryanair-jet-5Ryanair, the World’s Most Hated Airline, has lost its appeal against a £6million penalty that was levied against them for violating France’s labour laws.

Ryanair were previously found guilty of hiring and paying local staff from Marseille under Irish contracts to save money on taxes.

Instead of paying up to 45 per cent in social charges – the normal figure in France – Ryanair paid just 10.75 per cent in Irish charges.

Thieving bastards.

In their decision to throw out Ryanair’s case, appeal court judges agreed with a lower court’s ruling that Ryanair was guilty of ‘clear social dumping’ and that the case was ‘an issue of unfair competition against other airlines that respect national legislation.’

The decision was hailed by Jean-Victor Borel, lawyer for France’s Ursaff social security collecting agency, who said: ‘The message of the court is clear. European law is not an instrument designed to defraud the social security’.

What he meant of course was ‘Ryanair are a bunch of thieving c*nts and need to pay up’.

Ryanair’s actual fine was £167,000 but it was also ordered to pay £6.3million in damages and interest to unpaid social security agencies. The airline had profits of nearly £450million in the last financial year.

Ryanair are of course whinging like a bunch of school children about this and will likely appeal.
Our advice would be shut the fuck up and pay.
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Ryanair re-probed by EC on Charleroi start up

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, face a re-opening of an EC probe into “advantages” granted to the shambolic excuse for an airline when it started operating at Belgium’s Charleroi airport.

The EC has also opened two new “in-depth” investigations into the financing of Angoulême airport in France and Dortmund airport in Germany.

In 2004 Ryanair was ordered to re-pay some funds received from Belgian authorities that were deemed to be incompatible with European state aid rules.

However, this was over-ruled by a European court in 2008 which said the Commission had not followed correct procedures.

Ryanair’s spokestwat, Stephen McNamara, moaned: “Ryanair’s arrangements with all EU airports comply with competition rules.”.

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Ryanair embroiled in OFT probe, jailing of cabin crew, base pull-out and arrest of drunken pilot

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have yet again been humiliated in the news this last week with stories about OFT investigations regarding concerns over unfair competition, cabin crew being jailed for sexual assault, its base being pulled from Marseille and a pilot being arrested for drunken and abusive behaviour.

Firstly, Reuters (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSWLA209120110104) reported that Ryanair is to be subject to investigation by the Office of Fair Trading regarding its stake in Aer Lingus. The airline started to build its 29.8 percent in the rival carrier in 2006. Ryanair has claimed that an inquiry cannot be held within four years, but the OFT said it has been given the go-ahead. “We have considered this issue carefully and it is appropriate and fair to Ryanair to inform them, at this point, that we believe we are ‘in time’ to review the minority stake,” said Sheldon Mills, director of mergers at the OFT. Ryanair said it would appeal the decision, which could lead to a formal Competition Commission probe.

Secondly, the ‘This is Leicestershire’ (http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/news/Vicious-sex-attacker-jailed-15-years/article-3082969-detail/article.html) website reports the shocking story of a Ryanair flight attendant who has been given 15 years for a savage sex attack on woman he walked home after a night out.

Paulius Troninas was sent to a young offenders institute yesterday after being convicted of battering a 31-year-old woman and leaving her with life-threatening injuries in an alleyway in Loughborough. Passing sentence, Judge Michael Stokes QC told the 19-year-old the evidence against him was “overwhelming”.

Thirdly, following our story late last year regarding Ryanair throwing a hissy fit and threatening to leave Marseille after being accused of illegal working practices, the airline has gone ahead and buggered off. Good riddance!

Expatica.com (http://www.expatica.com/fr/news/french-news/ryanair-abandons-marseille-base-from-tuesday_122268.html) report that Ryanair will no longer leave any aircraft overnight at Marseille.

Finally, the story in the Herald.ie (http://www.herald.ie/national-news/courts/hear-the-one-about-the-ryanair-pilot-who-was-arrested-twice-for-being-drunk-and-bit-a-garda-2490337.html) that a Ryanair pilot “tried to bite a garda when he went berserk at a city station after being arrested for hurling a traffic bollard into the street”.

Patrick Taaffe (21) also threatened to “get” another officer “no matter what” after he was arrested for refusing to pay a taxi fare and making insulting remarks about the cabbie’s wife. The Ryanair pilot, who also studied law, was remanded on bail when he admitted a series of public order charges related to two drunken episodes.

We’ll be steering well clear of Ryanair and we suggest you do too. Why not try a proper airline that will actually fly you to the place you think you are flying to, won’t charge you rip-off fees for baggage, using a debit card to pay and checking-in and, furthermore, will treat you with a little respect, something that the stories above demonstrate Ryanair find difficult.

British Airways have a fantastic “Value Calculator” that clearly shows the false economy that is flying with Ryanair. Check it out at: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/value-calculator/public/en_gb

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Flybe move in to Belfast after Ryanair throw hissy fit and leave

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, threw a hissy fit last week and pulled it’s services out from Belfast airport and were pretty much laughed out of town by anyone who could even be bothered to take notice.

Now a proper airline in Devon based Flybe has decided to move in and fill the void with a decent set of routes to three locations in the UK and of course customer service to go with it, unlike Ryanair who couldn’t give a s**t.

Flybe has said it will fly to Bristol, East Midlands and Liverpool, three routes previously provided by Ryanair. They have also stated that they’ll locate two additional aircraft at the airport.

According to a Flybe spokesperson, the plan could possibly create “250 indirect jobs adding to the 215 already directly employed by Flybe in Belfast”.

Tourism Minister for Dublin Arlene Foster said: “I congratulate the airport operator for acting quickly to fill these routes, which were vacated by Ryanair”.

“Tourism Ireland will be working with Flybe in Great Britain to maximise the promotion of these new routes.”

Well done Flybe. Good riddance Ryanair!

Book now at http://www.flybe.com

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Ryanair and the tale of the illegal subsidy

Ryanair, the World’s most hated airline, have recently had an extension to their “contract” to provide flights into and out of Lübeck airport in Germany for another 2 years.

For those wondering where the hell Lübeck is, Ryanair refer to it as Hamburg. It’s far from it, literally. A quick calculation on Google maps shows it being an over an hours coach journey away.

Anyhow, back to the story…

Lübeck is just one of around 200 small, regional airstrips across Europe that Ryanair apparently use to generate hundreds of millions of subsidy payments.

A spokesman for Lufthansa said “If we removed all aid and subsidies received by Ryanair, the company would show a very different economic balance sheet”.

Pending the conclusion of a number of European investigations into illegal subsidies, French newspapers have assessed the situation and believe that these subsidies amount to about 35 million euros in France alone. They base this on the audits carried out at several French airports controlled by local authorities.

Across Europe as a whole they reckon this figure is nearer 660 million euros!!!

Airports funded by state and local taxes and subsidies provide so many free services to Ryanair that the Irish carrier is almost always the better off as part of these agreements.

Some airports do not just provide free staff and check-in desks for Ryanair, it is claimed that they are also responsible for free cleaning of aircraft. Ryanair planes also often have the right to free use of airstrips.

All of this, according to the audits, seems to fall under the guise of “marketing assistance” which basically means that Ryanair will feature these provincial towns in their magazine, on their website and of course that they will bring a few people along for a visit.

In some cases, the net subsidy is up to about 32 euros per passenger, as in Rodez, where Ryanair received more than 3.2 million euros between 2004 and 2006 for only three flights per week in each direction.

Some airports are struggling to pay such sums. Take Bergerac for example, Ryanair has received 2.3 million euros in subsidies from the airport, which has itself been asking for 500,000 euros in aid from the region government in order to avoid bankruptcy.

Currently, airports who refuse to pay run the risk of Ryanair disappearing overnight and reopening a few days later somewhere down the road, in the middle of nowhere.

If Ryanair can behave this way it is because there is no limit to the amount of subsidies that a company may apply to the regions. The company is not obligated to repay any of the aid even if there is a suspension of service.

Until last spring, the issue of competition between airlines and government assistance was mainly managed by the Directorate of Transport of the European Commission. However, things should change now that the new Commission took office, and the European Commissioner for Competition is responsible for competition issues and state aid for all sectors of the economy. According to sources at Lufthansa, this means that the remaining five or six complaints about subsidies received by Ryanair should rapidly be examined and judged.

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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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