EU orders Ryanair, TUIfly to repay state aid

Carriers received millions of euros from Austrian airport
Ryanair and TUIfly must return millions of euros they received in illegal aid given by Klagenfurt Airport in southern Austria, European Union regulators are demanding.
Marketing agreements and airport services between the airport and Ryanair, TUIfly and Hapag-Lloyd Express, which merged with Hapag-Lloyd Flug to create TUIfly in 2007, gave the carriers an unfair advantage, the European Commission says.
The Commission said the aid to Ryanair was around €2 million, to TUIfly €1.1 million and to HLX €9.6 million. Ryanair says it will fight the ruling.
“As no profit-driven airport manager would have concluded such loss-making agreements, they amount to state aid to the airlines. Moreover, the agreements simply reduce the operating costs of the airlines, without contributing to common transport objectives,” the Commission said.