France seizes Ryanair flight full of passengers in dispute over payment
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Ryanair has been forced to pay the French government €525,000 to release one of its planes after it was impounded at Bordeaux airport.
A Ryanair plane was seized by French officials in a dispute over subsidies to the airline.
French officials seized the aircraft on Thursday ahead of a planned flight from Bordeaux to London Stansted.
The 149 passengers on board were subsequently forced to disembark and endure a 5-hour delay.
Ryanair reportedly paid the €525,000 to release the aircraft.
“It is unfortunate that the state had to take such action, which led to the inevitable inconvenience of the 149 passengers on board the immobilized plane,” the French authorities said in a statement.
“Those passengers were able to eventually reach their destination later that evening on another Ryanair plane, but with a five-hour delay.”
The authorities who originally gave the subsidies had been trying since 2014 to recover the money, and sent its final legal warning in May.
After six months without a response from the budget airline, it decided to act.
Ryanair has not commented on the incident.