France impounds Ryanair plane on tarmac before take-off

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 9, 2018

A Ryanair plane was seized by French officials and 149 London-bound passengers were forced to disembark in a dispute over subsidies to the airline, it has emerged.

The European commission ruled that about €1m of subsidies paid to Ryanair in return for it providing flights from Angoulême, 80 miles (130km) north-east of Bordeaux, to London between 2008 and 2009 were illegal.

France's Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) said the passengers were delayed five hours but made it to their destination with a later Ryanair flight.

The authority did not specify the amount owed by Ryanair.

It was not immediately clear how much money French authorities were trying to reclaim from Ryanair.

The plane "will remain immobilised until the sum is paid".

The aviation authority called it "regrettable that the state was forced" to evacuate the plane.

The aircraft was grounded at 6pm on Thursday, November 8, when the bailiff, with a mandate from the conseil départemental presented himself at Bordeaux and took legal control of the aircraft - which had been scheduled to fly to London Stansted - on the tarmac.

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

The EU also ordered authorities to recoup money from Transavia over benefits they had received at two other French regional airports.

The pan-European stoppages prompted the airline to cut its profit forecast, but it still expects to make profits after tax of 1.10-1.20 billion euros in its current financial year.

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