This step was the last option to resolve a long-standing dispute with Ryanai.
French authorities retained the Irish low cost airline Ryanair for several hours. They wanted the company to force him to return the unlawfully approved financial contribution, the AP reported on Friday.
The incident happened on Thursday at the Bordeaux-Mérignac airport in southwest France. The French Civil Aviation Agency (DGAC) secured the aircraft directly to the airport, and 149 passengers on board had to leave.
The Office emphasized that they did this as the last option to resolve a long-standing dispute with Ryanai. He complained about the need to evacuate passengers.
France repeatedly and unsuccessfully requested airlines to return contributions from the regional funds allocated to them between 2008 and 2009.
The European Commission in 2014 decided that this public contribution to Ryanair was unlawfully approved and that the company had received an unjustified economic advantage.
Boeing is coming back
In May this year, DGAC delivered a final call for funds, followed by a fourth-canceled aircraft, AFP said.
Finally, Ryanair agreed to return 525,000 euros to the French authorities last Friday – less than 24 hours after the plane was in custody. Travelers who had to leave the plane could continue to travel to London another Ryanair flight after five hours.
The airline did not respond immediately to the event. A spokesman for DGAC on Friday confirmed that the funds were paid and that Ryanair would return its Boeing 737.