Watchdog insists Ryanair pays €3m over stranded passengers
Published 19/05/2010 | 05:00
ITALY'S civil aviation watchdog has reaffirmed the legitimacy of its €3m fines against Ryanair for failing to help passengers stranded by volcanic ash last month.
This came after the Irish airline yesterday rejected the decision to impose these fines and said it would vigorously defend or appeal any such fines.
Ryanair accused the Italian aviation regulator ENAC of being biased against it and of acting unlawfully by not giving the airline a chance to contest the allegations.
"This would appear to be the latest in a long series of biased anti-Ryanair rulings by ENAC," said spokesman Stephen McNamara.
ENAC imposed €3m in fines for 178 alleged violations of EU regulation 261 between April 17 and April 22, saying that Ryanair had failed to help passengers stuck in Rome.
Ryanair had admitted in its statement yesterday that it had asked disrupted passengers to submit a claim for reimbursement of hotel expenses, but this did not comply with EU regulations, according to ENAC.