Ryanair plane seized by French authorities in cash row

The plane, which was en route to London Stansted, had 149 passengers on board.

Ryanair plane

A Ryanair plane has been seized by French authorities in a row over money in the latest problem for the airline.

The French civil aviation authority grounded the Boeing 737 on Thursday at Bordeaux airport, before it was due to fly to Stansted with 149 passengers.

It said the move was "a last resort".

The dispute was caused by French subsidies paid to Ryanair for flights from Angoulême regional airport between 2008 and 2009, which the European Commission later deemed illegal.

The French civil aviation authority did not say how much money was involved, but regional airport officials said the sum was €525,000 (£457,000).

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

"It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board the immobilised plane," the French civil aviation authority said.

"Those passengers were able to eventually reach their destination later that evening on another Ryanair plane, but with a five-hour delay."

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Ryanair, which has recently faced a series of strikes by pilots and cabin crew across Europe.

But despite flight cancellations, Ryanair reported an 11% rise in traffic in October, as it carried 13.1 million passengers.

The stoppages contributed to a 7% fall in profits to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to 30 September.




Date: 09 November 2018 | Source: BBC

More UK News

Pharmacists warn of a 'surge' in shortage of common medicines

Patients in England are struggling to get hold of drugs such as painkillers and anti-depressants

Police plan dig in hunt for Mary Duncan missing 43 years

Detectives plan to excavate land in the search for a young mum who vanished almost 43 years ago, BBC..

Coventry council 'slowest to fill potholes'

Some councils aim to fill potholes within minutes but others take more than a day, new figures show..

Banksy artwork in Port Talbot sold for 'six-figure sum'

Season's Greetings will remain in Port Talbot for "two to three years" as it is bought by a gallery..

Wakefield, Grimsby, Plymouth win share of £20m culture fund

Five areas in England will benefit from a new Cultural Development Fund to boost local culture

'My son's severe asthma is very distressing'

Every three seconds in the UK, someone has an asthma attack which could be life-threatening, a chari..
View More

More Telford News

 MP's warning over Broseley's Broxit move

Broseley Town Council has been told it cannot choose to complete a "Broxit..

 Future Fit: A&E recommendation rubber stamped

Health officials have confirmed their choice of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital ..

 Row over key document in Shropshire's Future Fit discussions

A row has broken out over a key document in Shropshire's Future Fit discus..

 Four admit role in violent family fracas in Telford

The trial of seven men accused of leaving two people with serious injuries..

 There is no place for Future Fit says leader of Telford & Wrekin Council

The Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council is calling on health bosses to ..

 Former coronary care nurse takes top business role at UK medical supply firm

A former coronary care nurse has taken a top role with one of the UK’s lead..
View More

Telford Businesses

Calendar Countdown

Upcoming Events in Telford

19 Jan 2019

Saturday 19 January 7.30pm


Tickets £25

View Details

25 Jan 2019

Friday 25 January 7.30pm


£22.50

View Details

31 Jan 2019

Thursday 31 January 7.30pm


Tickets £23

Concession £21.50

View Details

09 Feb 2019

Saturday 9 February 7.30pm


Adult: £26.50

Concessions: £23.50

View Details
View More