Bound Ryanair Plane Full Of Passengers Seized By French Authorities

The Ryanair plane was seized at Bordeaux Merignac airport

The Ryanair plane was seized at Bordeaux Merignac airport

Just under 24 hours later, the no-frills airline relented and paid up, authorities said Friday, allowing it to reclaim its aircraft.

Ryanair did not respond to Fortune's request for comment.

The passengers had gone through passport control and security and were about to walk on the tarmac to board the plane when airport authorities told them to turn around, passenger Boris Hejblum said.

Ryanair had been ordered for some time to pay back funds that the European Union had declared to be illegal subsidies.

French aviation authorities have seized a Ryanair plane bound for London, stranding almost 150 passengers.

The department had the support of France's civil aviation authority, the direction générale de l'aviation civile (DGAC), which said in the press release: "It is regrettable that the State was forced to take this measure, which caused unavoidable inconvenience for the 149 passengers of the immobilised aircraft".

A Ryanair plane was grounded and seized on Thursday in what French authorities are calling "a last resort" effort in an ongoing money dispute with the budget airline over government subsidies, according to the BBC.

"By this action, the government reaffirms its intention to guarantee the conditions of fair competition between airlines and between airports".

The authority did not specify the amount owed by Ryanair.

France's Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) said the passengers were delayed five hours but made it to their destination with a later Ryanair flight.

The French civil aviation authority said it was over a dispute about illegal subsidies paid to the Irish airline in 2008-2009.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks for Ryanair, which has recently faced a series of strikes by pilots and cabin crew across Europe.

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