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New Ryanair probe into state ‘subsidies’

28 April 2012

Europe’s competition watchdog has started its latest probe into whether Ryanair benefits from illegal state subsidies to airports.

The European Commission is to investigate the carrier’s deals with Nimes airport in France, which allegedly gave Ryanair “‘undue economic advantage’” over its competitors at the expense of French taxpayers.

The regulator will probe rebates and marketing agreements between Ryanair and the airport that may have given the airline an “‘undue economic advantage,’” as well as financial arrangements between French authorities and Nimes airport.

EU regulators opened a similar probe into Ryanair’s agreements with Carcassonne airport earlier this month, adding to several reviews of discounts and subsidies offered by small, regional airports across Europe to attract budget airlines.


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