France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

France seizes jet at takeoff after Ryanair doesn't pay bill

Ryanair did not respond to Fortune's request for comment.

The department had the support of France's civil aviation authority, the direction générale de l'aviation civile (DGAC), which said in the press release: "It is regrettable that the State was forced to take this measure, which caused unavoidable inconvenience for the 149 passengers of the immobilised aircraft".

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.

Following the commission's 2014 ruling that the payments gave Ryanair an unfair advantage, around half the subsidies were repaid.

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The scene unfolded at the Bordeaux-Merignac airport in western France, where authorities say the airline was ordered to pay back funds that the European Union had declared to be illegal subsidies.

The passengers were put on another flight that finally brought them to London's Stansted airport - five hours late.

Ryanair passengers exhausted of forking out for everything from a baby's seat belt to checking-in could be forgiven a wry smile after one of its planes was seized in Bordeaux in a row over cash.

It said the move was "a last resort".

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'By this action, the government reaffirms its intention to guarantee the conditions of fair competition between airlines and between airports, ' it said.

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

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

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

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Profits fell seven per cent to £1.06 billion (€1.2 billion) in the six months to September 30.

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