Ryanair, Air Charter lose bid to avoid $ 15m state aid fines

By Joseph Boris (September 30, 2021, 2:14 p.m. EDT) – The General Court of the European Union has dismissed challenges by Ryanair and German charter carrier TUIfly against repayment orders of nearly € 13 million ($ 15 million dollars) in what EU competition regulators called illegal state aid from an Austrian airport.

The court said in separate rulings on Wednesday that the European Commission was correct in issuing the November 2016 order regarding certain airport services and marketing agreements involving the operator of the airport in Klagenfurt in southern Austria. , Ryanair and two subsidiaries as well as other airlines – Hapag Lloyd Express, TUIfly, Air Berlin and Austrian Airlines.

The service and incentive marketing offers, signed from 2002 to …

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