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Ryanair jet impounded at Bordeaux airport over state aid case

November 09, 2018 / OLIVER CLARK

A Ryanair aircraft at Bordeaux airport was today seized by French authorities as part of efforts to reclaim state aid paid to the carrier.In a statement French aviation authority DGAC says it had to impound the Boeing 737 as part of efforts to reclaim subsidies paid to the low-cost carrier for flights from Angouleme airport between 2008 and 2009.In 2014 the European Commission adjudged the subsidies constituted illegal state aid and ordered that the money be repaid. The ruling was contested by Ryanair. In 2015, the Commission referred the French state to the European Court of Justice, alleging failure to recover the money.