Ryanair CEO Michael OLeary has told the EU’s transport chief to do something about flight refunds instead of “talking nonsense” about state aid.
O’Leary’s ire stems from Brussels relaxing the rules amid the lockdown and allowing the likes of France to bail out airlines with which it has strong historic links.
Adina Valean, the EU’s transport commissioner, told Euronews last week that Brussels was trying to help airlines with their liquidity problems and that the measures were temporary.
O’Leary told Euronews: “She is completely wrong, firstly if you’re putting in place these rules so the Germans can subsidise only Lufthansa or the French can subsidise only Air France KLM it is discriminatory and it is in breach of state aid rules.
“The transport commissioner should be out doing something effective about refunds instead of talking nonsense about these breaches of state aid and competition rules.”