New Ryanair probe into state ‘subsidies’28 April 2012
Europeâ€™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 carrierâ€™s deals with Nimes airport in France, which allegedly gave Ryanair â€œundue economic advantageâ€ 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 â€œundue economic advantage,â€ as well as financial arrangements between French authorities and Nimes airport.
EU regulators opened a similar probe into Ryanairâ€™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.