EU court rules against Ryanair in airline battle
Ryanair’s challenge to last year’s ruling by the European Court of Justice that Alitalia could sell part of its fleet has today been dismissed.
The Dublin-based airline brought action against the European Commission, Italy and the Italian carrier in 2012 when Alitalia was given permission to sell its assets – despite receiving illegal from the Italian government.
At the time, the General Court dismissed Ryanair’s suit and upheld the decisions made by the Commission to clear the sale of 90 Alitalia planes to Italian investors. Further contest and "all the arguments" brought by Ryanair have been quashed in a judgement by Luxembourg-based court.
In 2008, the Italian government lent €300 million to the state airline, which was insolvent at the time with its assets were to be sold at market price. Though the Italian loan was not legal, the sale of the planes was in line with EU law, according to the EU court.
It upheld last year’s judgement that Alitalia could sell some of its planes, despite significant state funding.