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Germany: Three airlines ordered to pay back state aid

 |  October 1, 2014

The European Commission has ordered three airlines, including Ryanair, to pay back state aid received from a German airport, say reports.

Deutsche Lufthansa-owned Germanwings, Ryanair and TUIfly were ordered to pay back subsidies given from Germany’s Zweibruecken airport that were found to be illegal by the Commission. Germanwings received the most at $1.5 million.

The ruling was part of the Commission’s broader investigation into state aid given to several airlines, including more than $24 million given to Brussels Airlines by Belgium’s Zaventem airport.

According to reports, the probe also examined aid given to Ryanair at several other airports across the EU, though all but the aid given in Germany were found to be legal. Ryanair said it will appeal the Commission’s ruling on the German aid.

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