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Ryanair plane seized in Bordeaux released as airline pays up

The civil aviation authority in France has released a Ryanair Boeing 737 from Bordeaux Airport as the Irish carrier agreed to pay a fee of 525,000 EUR owed to the country.

Last Thursday, the aircraft was seized at the French airport due to a dispute over money that Ryanair had received related to activities at Angouleme, a regional airport, between 2008 and 2009. The European Commission deemed these activities as illegal.

The civil aviation authority in the European country had been trying to reclaim the cash since 2014 and took the stance to ground the plane – full of passengers – last week.

149 passengers were on board the aircraft when it was grounded, leaving them subject to a five-hour delay.