A Ryanair plane has been seized by French authorities in a row over money in the latest problem for the airline. The French civil aviation authority grounded the Boeing 737 on Thursday at Bordeaux airport, before it was due to fly to Stansted with 149 passengers.
It said the move was “a last resort”.
BBC reports that dispute was caused by French subsidies paid to Ryanair for flights from Angoulême regional airport between 2008 and 2009, which the European Commission later deemed illegal.
The French civil aviation authority did not say how much money was involved, but regional airport officials said the sum was €525,000 (£457,000).
The authority said the plane “will remain immobilised until the sum is paid”.