EU investigates Ryanair deal with Frankfurt-Hahn airport

Commission says it has opened investigation to assess if marketing and financial deals constituted illegal state aid

Under the deal, Ryanair received between 2009 and 2017 training aid and funding for a crew and pilot school and for a maintenance hall, the Commission said

Under the deal, Ryanair received between 2009 and 2017 training aid and funding for a crew and pilot school and for a maintenance hall, the Commission said

 

The European Commission said on Friday it had opened an in-depth investigation into marketing and financial deals between low cost carrier Ryanair and Frankfurt-Hahn airport in Germany to assess whether it constituted illegal state aid.

“We will investigate whether regional and local authorities in Germany, against the rules, gave an unfair advantage to Ryanair over its competitors,” EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

Under the deal, Ryanair received between 2009 and 2017 training aid and funding for a crew and pilot school and for a maintenance hall, the Commission said.

The EU executive opened a similar investigation in July over a deal between Ryanair and the French airport of Montpellier

The Commission said it will also investigate possible state aid to the airport operator Flughafengesellschaft Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH (FFHG), which between 2009 and 2017 was controlled by the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Ryanair said it is confident the Frankfurt Hahn agreement fully complies with EU State aid rules. “The EU has previously investigated this matter in 2014 and ruled that there was no State aid involved in the Ryanair-Frankfurt Hahn agreement,” it said in a statement. - Reuters