This step is the final choice to resolve the long dispute with Ryanair.
The French authorities detained low-cost Irish airline Ryanair for several hours. They want the company to force it to return unauthorized financial contributions, the AP reported on Friday.
The incident took place Thursday at Bordeaux-Mérignac International Airport in southwestern France. The French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) secured the engine directly in the airport area and 149 passengers on the plane were forced to leave.
The office stressed that they had taken this step as a last resort to resolve the long dispute with Ryanair. He regretted the need to evacuate passengers.
France has repeatedly and failed to ask airlines to return contributions from regional funds given to them in 2008-2009.
The European Commission in 2014 ruled that this public contribution was Ryanair given illegally and that the company received unjustified economic benefits.
Boeing is back
In May this year, DGAC delivered its final appeal for funding, followed by a quarter-stamped aircraft, AFP said.
Finally, Ryanair agreed to return EUR 525,000 to French authorities last Friday – less than 24 hours after the plane was detained. Passengers who have to leave the engine can continue their journey to London with another Ryanair flight after around five hours.
The airline did not immediately respond to the incident. A DGAC spokesman on Friday confirmed that the funds had been paid and that Ryanair would get back his Boeing 737.