Severe turbulence hits Ryanair’s £4m Swedish deal

16th Sep 2003

Ryanair’s run-ins with regulatory authorities across Europe continues, with a Swedish advertising deal declared illegal less than 24 hours after Alitalia announced the ‘moment had arrived’ to consider legal challenges against the airline.
Swedish broadsheet Dagens Industri reports that a SEK 55m (£4.2m) deal between Ryanair and the authority running the Nykoeping district has been declared illegal. Ryanair planes were planning to advertise the area for the next decade. However, the local court declared the deal illegal because the council didn’t put its advertising contract out to tender. The tender process has re-started.
The Alitalia news came out of a press conference following the Italian flag carrier’s H1s results yesterday. Director General Giuseppe Bonomi, without mentioning Ryanair by name, said: ‘We believe the moment has arrived to make recourse to legal means because we believe that there is a case for state aid since these companies enjoy a very privileged situation. They have free handling services and discounts in terms of airport rights.’



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