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EU: EC probing Ryanair’s state aid in Frankfurt

 |  October 28, 2018

The EC has opened an investigation into whether Ryanair had benefited from illegal state aid at Germany’s Frankfurt-Hahn airport.

“We will investigate whether regional and local authorities in Germany, against the rules, gave an unfair advantage to Ryanair over its competitors,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

Under the deal in question, between 2009 and 2017, Ryanair received training aid and funding for a crew and pilot school and for a maintenance hall at the airport, the EC stated.

Ryanair stated it was confident that the Frankfurt-Hahn agreement fully complied with EU state aid rules.

“The EU has previously investigated this matter in 2014 and ruled that there was no state aid involved in the Ryanair-Frankfurt-Hahn agreement,” the airline claimed in a statement.

The previous investigation related to arrangements before 2009.

The EU executive opened a similar investigation in July over a deal between Ryanair and the French airport of Montpellier.

Full Content: Bloomberg

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