Ryanair paid €525,000 to get one of its plane back!
The French civil aviation authority said it had seized the plane at Bordeaux-Merignac airport as a “last resort” after France repeatedly tried to get
Ryanair to pay back regional funds to the airline in 2008/09. The European Commission later ruled those funds illegal, saying they gave Ryanair an unfair economic advantage. The aviation authority called it “regrettable that the state was forced” to evacuate the plane on Thursday. It said the passengers were put on another Ryanair flight five hours later.
Ryanair did not publicly comment on the seizure. Aviation authority spokesman Eric Heraud said the airline had paid back the funds and the plane would be released.