PARIS | France frees Ryanair jet after tarmac standoff over subsidy

PARIS | France frees Ryanair jet after tarmac standoff over subsidy

PARIS— Ryanair paid 525,000 euros ($610,000) in subsidies back to French authorities on Friday in order to end a tarmac standoff that forced 149 passengers to disembark from an impounded plane.

The French civil aviation authority said it had seized the plane at the Bordeaux-Merignac airport as a “last resort,” after France had repeatedly tried to get Ryanair to pay back regional funds to the airline in 2008-2009.

The European Commission later ruled those funds illegal, saying they gave Ryanair an unfair economic advantage.

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